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#1 User is offline   MASER 

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Post icon  Posted 29 April 2009 - 09:13 AM

Hey I Just wanted everyone to be aware of the Swine Flu that's going around now. it seems bad if it it making the news and such. (51 case in NY and one death in TX. Plus other cases popping up around the country). I hope know here gets it.

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I don't know if anyone ever read The Last Centurion by John Ringo, but in that book Ringo writes about a Bird Flu plague that sort of starts off like this Swine Flu, but ends up kills off a amount of the population.It is kind of interesting how authors sometime get their stories very close to evens that happen in the future.

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Posted 29 April 2009 - 09:30 AM

Well, let me be the first to recommend, if some of you don't have more than about a week in food in the house, I'd consider picking some extra up. While the fact that we are hitting the warmer months will likely mitigate this, if it gets bad, there may be quarantines. Better to be ready to avoid this than having to go to the store around hundreds of people who could be infected.

Usually though, Pandemics come in three waves. If this goes pandemic I see this wave being marginal, followed by the 2nd, most lethal wave around fall when it cools off. The 3rd will be late next winter, but people will either have a resistance or be dead by then, so it will be negligible. Still having some stuff on hand, just in case, would be a good idea. And for gods sakes, wash you hands. That is the easiest way to avoid this stuff.
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Posted 29 April 2009 - 09:32 AM

Overhyped paranoia resulting in high media ratings.


That's all the swine flu is. More people have been killed by the regular flu this year than by swine flu.

Swine flu is fairly mild compared to some other bugs out there, and IMO the media is generating fear for purposes of ratings.

Would it be any fun to get? No. Would you survive? Almost certainly.

Before someone cites the Mexico figures, I need to remind you that they are Mexico figures -- people die from drinking the water down there. It's simply not a fair comparison to a first-world/modernized nation like the US.
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Posted 29 April 2009 - 09:33 AM

View PostThalion, on Apr 29 2009, 12:32 PM, said:

Overhyped paranoia resulting in high media ratings.


That's all the swine flu is. More people have been killed by the regular flu this year than by swine flu.

Swine flu is fairly mild compared to some other bugs out there, and IMO the media is generating fear for purposes of ratings.

Would it be any fun to get? No. Would you survive? Almost certainly.

Before someone cites the Mexico figures, I need to remind you that they are Mexico figures -- people die from drinking the water down there. It's simply not a fair comparison to a first-world/modernized nation like the US.


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Posted 29 April 2009 - 09:39 AM

View PostCesar, on Apr 29 2009, 09:33 AM, said:

View PostThalion, on Apr 29 2009, 12:32 PM, said:

Overhyped paranoia resulting in high media ratings.


That's all the swine flu is. More people have been killed by the regular flu this year than by swine flu.

Swine flu is fairly mild compared to some other bugs out there, and IMO the media is generating fear for purposes of ratings.

Would it be any fun to get? No. Would you survive? Almost certainly.

Before someone cites the Mexico figures, I need to remind you that they are Mexico figures -- people die from drinking the water down there. It's simply not a fair comparison to a first-world/modernized nation like the US.


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Im with you guys...a death toll in single digits is not going to worry me. Show me a thousand or so corpses & maybe I'll start paying attention. Or maybe if it weren't so easy to cure...
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Posted 29 April 2009 - 10:11 AM

Agreed, not a big deal. Something to be aware of and cautious about, sure, but nothing to freak out about. Also, the death in Texas was a Mexican baby, so it really is not even an American death.
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Posted 29 April 2009 - 10:15 AM

Here's the concern.

Right now this is a "Vector disease," like Bird Flu. What that means is you CAN'T get it anywhere but from a pig (or from a bird, in the case of Avian flu). As such, it's controllable -- you don't touch pigs, you're pretty much safe; watch the pigs, and the government has control over the situation.

The trouble is, viruses mutate *reeeeally* fast. That's the only reason you ever get sick -- some disease has mutated and your body hasn't seen the new strain yet. This happens, like, daily with viruses -- unbelievable reproduction rates = unbelievable mutation rates.

What the CDC is worrying about is that Swine Flu is one or two quick mutations away from jumping to an easily-transmittable disease. Maybe it goes from Vector-transmission to airborne; maybe it's passed by contact or maybe by sneezing, whatever. But if this becomes capable of human-to-human transmission, we are in TROUBLE.

Swine Flu is different from previous scares because it's most dangerous to young, healthy-aged people with good immune systems. The people who could usually beat most illnesses are most at risk, because swine flu affects your immune system and, in a word, makes it kill you. It's got a scary mortality rate -- the reason you haven't seen more deaths is because right now, it's hard to get yourself infected. Again, one mutation and you could be singing a different tune entirely. Blood comes out all your body parts like in MI:2. It's not a pretty way to go.

Believe it or not, this has happened before -- 1912-ish there was an outbreak of influenza that killed more people than WW1. The world today is closer and much more susceptible to rapid infection -- do the math, we could be in deep water.


So, what's it all mean? Play as much paintball as you can, DOOOOOOOOOM! is approaching. Or not. But cross your fingers all the same and hope this doesn't make that evolutionary jump, cuz if it does the human race is in for a rough ride.
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Posted 29 April 2009 - 10:25 AM

View PostMurderDeathKill, on Apr 29 2009, 12:15 PM, said:

Believe it or not, this has happened before -- 1912-ish there was an outbreak of influenza that killed more people than WW1. The world today is closer and much more susceptible to rapid infection -- do the math, we could be in deep water.


1918-1920 actually.

http://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/1918_flu


And I'll worry about it if/when it succeeds in mutating into a widespread problem. They're making it sound like it's already here, the pandemic is starting, etc for the ratings.

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Posted 29 April 2009 - 11:10 AM

There are two cases in Kansas. Of all places they could be they are in my town. ;)
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Posted 29 April 2009 - 11:32 AM

Welcomre to a smaller world. The infected meat has no origin yet. However the mass scale we import food is incredible. Apples from China, rice from Asia, McDonald's paddies from central America.

Swine flu is horrible. Regardless of the odds to catch it, it still brings a level of suspension. People will reserve eating out. The international tourist industry already blackballed North America. Summer is around the corner and tourism will be down. rRstuarants, hotels, resorts, convention centres, etc will see a dramatic decrease in their industry this year. SARS was the last out break and really retarded the Toronto market.

Not good and not pretty for today's economy.


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Posted 29 April 2009 - 11:34 AM

View PostThe Stuntman, on Apr 29 2009, 12:39 PM, said:

View PostCesar, on Apr 29 2009, 09:33 AM, said:

View PostThalion, on Apr 29 2009, 12:32 PM, said:

Overhyped paranoia resulting in high media ratings.


That's all the swine flu is. More people have been killed by the regular flu this year than by swine flu.

Swine flu is fairly mild compared to some other bugs out there, and IMO the media is generating fear for purposes of ratings.

Would it be any fun to get? No. Would you survive? Almost certainly.

Before someone cites the Mexico figures, I need to remind you that they are Mexico figures -- people die from drinking the water down there. It's simply not a fair comparison to a first-world/modernized nation like the US.


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Im with you guys...a death toll in single digits is not going to worry me. Show me a thousand or so corpses & maybe I'll start paying attention. Or maybe if it weren't so easy to cure...

I agree.
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Posted 29 April 2009 - 11:39 AM

I hear on the radio that Obama asked Congress for another billion dollars to research this swine flu...

I don't think the flu itself deserves all this hype, but the results from the hype are gonna be awful. It's gonna hurt our economy alot.
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Posted 29 April 2009 - 11:57 AM

I'm not worried about it. We used to be worried about the bird flu, and now its all but forgotten. Maybe if all of the sudden a bunch of people start dying from it every day, then I might start to pay attention...
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Posted 29 April 2009 - 11:58 AM

View PostThalion, on Apr 29 2009, 09:32 AM, said:

Overhyped paranoia resulting in high media ratings.


That's all the swine flu is. More people have been killed by the regular flu this year than by swine flu.

Swine flu is fairly mild compared to some other bugs out there, and IMO the media is generating fear for purposes of ratings.

Would it be any fun to get? No. Would you survive? Almost certainly.

Before someone cites the Mexico figures, I need to remind you that they are Mexico figures -- people die from drinking the water down there. It's simply not a fair comparison to a first-world/modernized nation like the US.
Toof. Scare tactics to get viewers. Very little to really worry about.



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Posted 29 April 2009 - 12:16 PM

View PostScouting Sniper, on Apr 29 2009, 12:39 PM, said:

I hear on the radio that Obama asked Congress for another billion dollars to research this swine flu...

I don't think the flu itself deserves all this hype, but the results from the hype are gonna be awful. It's gonna hurt our economy alot.

If something has the potential to cause widespread death -- and Swine Flu can and has caused widespread death -- wouldn't you want the government to work on solving the problem? Preferably before the bodies start piling up?

This isn't pork-barreling (hooray puns!), it's an obligation.

View PostThalion, on Apr 29 2009, 11:25 AM, said:

And I'll worry about it if/when it succeeds in mutating into a widespread problem. They're making it sound like it's already here, the pandemic is starting, etc for the ratings.

Yes and no... you and I don't have to care, because the probability of us getting it is really damn low, but the government doesn't have the luxury of apathy. They have to act like it's already made the jump.
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