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May 1st, 2009

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02:49 pm - Swine flu

So anyone been following up on this whole swine flu ordeal?  I first saw it pop up on the headlines of my news feeds a few weeks ago, and now there's something about it everyday.  Anyone with a run-down of symptoms, consequences and ways to avoid contraction (and possibly how it all started)?  I skimmed some of the headlines and apparently it can be transferred from human to human and there's a connection to Meixco resulting in several travel agencies cancelling trips to the country?  I got an email from my university about it too, suggesting students delay or cancel any planned trips to Mexico and to be alert.

Not a day of peace in this world, pft.  At the same time it kind of feels surreal, like all this panic over this new flu is...I don't know, happening somewhere far, far away.  I guess maybe I always thought of epidemics or pandemics as things like the spread of HIV/AIDS in Africa or like the spread of smallpox and the plague back in history.  Hmm...what's the death and contraction total from the flu as of right now anyway?  I heard of I think...2 deaths in Canada.

Hmm, I wonder if any conspiracy theorists will start tossing around the idea that maybe a/some government(s) started this to force money into the economy to get out of the recession (people rushing to buy medication, the money needed to make and distribute vaccines, a lot of money goes into fighting medical emergencies).  I mean during the last depression of the 1930's apparently according to some economists by the time the economies had slumped to the degree it has today the world was already embroiled in WWII. Starting another World War to fight recession is trickier and riskier today than in the 1930's, so maybe some conspiracy theorist will start pointing fingers at this flu as the viable solution thought up by a/some government(s).

Ah well, flu or no flu, still have to go on with my daily life.  I swear in the next life I'm coming back as a panda.  Eat, sleep, get pampered, have own private fedex plane for travelling and a supply of free panda prOn, rawr.

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Date:May 1st, 2009 07:18 pm (UTC)
As of yesterday anyway, all the confirmed cases in Canada have just been mild cases. So unless something changed, there haven't been any deaths.

The media is just blowing it all completely out of proportion. As it turns out, Mexico is reporting false numbers and in some reported cases (possibly the deaths? I can't remember exactly) it's been revealed that it wasn't even the swine flu (oops, according to the pork industry, we're not allowed to call it that anymore. :P).

However, it's obviously not important enough to us BCers, because the headlines yesterday were about the hockey game, not this. XD
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Date:May 1st, 2009 07:37 pm (UTC)
I heard the WHO has insisted that the term "swine" flu should not be used, as it may hit the pork industry. Apparently its more important than ppl's health.
Date:May 4th, 2009 01:06 am (UTC)
That's because you can't get it from eating pork. I suppose the WHO doesn't want to get sued by the pork groups.
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Date:May 1st, 2009 11:40 pm (UTC)
It is definitely simply being blown out of proportion.

Flu itself kills many people.
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Date:May 4th, 2009 04:10 am (UTC)
I guess maybe I always thought of epidemics or pandemics as things like the spread of HIV/AIDS in Africa or like the spread of smallpox and the plague back in history.

Lol I get what you mean. You kinda expect to see people dropping dead like flies on the streets when people talke about pandemics... Or maybe something from "Outbreak", but I guess you can't have all the action in life =P *touch wood*

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