Friday, May 1, 2009

Some Sanity Regarding Swine Flu

Funny how our government and people in general aren't so worried about the regular influenza that kills 36,000 yearly.
Scientists see this flu strain as relatively mild - Genetic data indicate this outbreak won't be as deadly as that of 1918, or even the average winter.

As the World Health Organization raised its infectious disease alert level Wednesday and health officials confirmed the first death linked to swine flu inside U.S. borders, scientists studying the virus are coming to the consensus that this hybrid strain of influenza -- at least in its current form -- isn't shaping up to be as fatal as the strains that caused some previous pandemics.

In fact, the current outbreak of the H1N1 virus, which emerged in San Diego and southern Mexico late last month, may not even do as much damage as the run-of-the-mill flu outbreaks that occur each winter without much fanfare.
This is obviously political hay to promote the Obama health agenda, and since they don't ever "waste a crisis", chances are they will scare people about congregating - it'll be a reason for them to suggest one shouldn't go to a tea party or other protest. Biden isn't getting on a plane or riding the subway (As if he congregates daily with the unwashed masses anyway).

What is it with this administration that they wish to keep our population in a constant state of fear? This pandemic fear, climate change fear and the economy and it's financial fears are three issues that they will perpetuate to try to gain more control. People who are fearful are more easily manipulated. They will allow you to trample their liberties and they will do as they are ordered. Government acquires more money, power and control. Afterall, they never want to waste a crisis; they have already told you that. I wouldn't be surprised to see millions more of our tax dollars diverted to the pharmaceutical lobby and into health care.

Aren't you sick to death of all the levels of alert? The color coded warnings?

Junkfood Science also offers some sanity regarding swine flu - Take the time to read it through - Sandy really does her homework.

As for any flu vaccine - many people are saying that vaccines can also make you sick and can kill you too. During the last Swine flue scare in 1976 more people died from taking the vaccine than the flu itself. Who knows what kind of chemical cocktails they will want to pump into your arm, and what kind of genetic material gets stirred up as a result.
More than 500 people are thought to have developed Guillain-Barre syndrome after receiving the vaccine and 25 died. .... The federal government paid millions in damages to people who developed the condition or their families.

However, the pandemic, which some experts estimated at the time could infect 50 million to 60 million Americans, never unfolded. Only about 200 cases of swine flu and one death were ultimately reported in the U.S., the CDC said.

Let's use some common sense.

Be cautious; yes.
Take care of yourself; yes.
Stay away from people who are sick; yes.
Take precautions like washing your hands, getting enough rest, supporting your immune system, and eating right ... most definitely YES.
Buy into Panic and don't think for yourself ... absolutely NO.


Elisheva Hannah Levin said...

Preaching to the Choir:

I think the issue from the standpoint of CDC is to track the virus and to develop a vaccine. This virus is not all that efficient, right now. It is able to move from person-to-person, but the death rate is low. I think the real problem is that most pandemics have a first wave where the virus is not efficient, but as it passes from host to host, it takes on more human DNA and there is a possibility that the virulence is increased, created a second and much more deadly wave.

The human race is due for a pandemic, which occur in all species at natural intervals.. Nevertheless, in developed countries where people are healthy and well-fed, a pandemic can look like a particularly bad flu season. Do you remember the Hong Kong Flu pandemic in 1968? It was not that noticable in the US. It was much worse in Asia.

It is good to be alert, but even if this were much worse, calm and thoughtful decision making about how the family will deal with it is much more useful than panic.

In a serious pandemic, the government is not going to be able to help individually. We should be prepared (that good old BSA motto) and use common sense.

Milehimama said...

I'm not worried about getting sick from the swine flu (and I'm definitely not getting the vaccine whenever it comes out).

I'm worried about the mass hysteria/effects of swine flu panic.

I'm in Houston - four different school districts have shut down schools for two weeks. Kids out of school = parents not able to work = even less income/job security.

If they start closing restaurants, groceries, libraries... THAT is what is driving me to prepare as much as possible.

Another thing that could (but probably won't) come out of this, is an escalation of racial tensions. Most of the wealthy Mexican citizens in border towns have ended up in Houston after fleeing their country. I fear that it coud get ugly if any American citizens die in Houston from the flu. The fact that the one swine flu death had gone to one of the area's ritziest malls before his death has dominated the headlines here.

Anonymous said...

The genotyping of this swine flu virus simply doesn't support concerns, see part two of JunkfoodScience's coverage here: