Anyone preparing for a swine flu pandemic?

  • Sparkycat

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    Apr 30, 2009 7:04 AM GMT
    I heard this guy on the radio saying that we should consider preparing for the swine flu pandemic by stocking up on food, gas, bottled water, etc. Is anyone doing this. How concerned are any of you? I'm in Iowa - no cases reported here yet. Do you think the media is blowing this out of proportion?
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    Apr 30, 2009 10:46 AM GMT
    Oh I'm getting ready for it.

    I'm waiting for the price of pork to fall and then I'm going to fill my freezer
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    Apr 30, 2009 4:42 PM GMT
    The flu isn't the real concern. The panic comes when all the dead awake several days later as zombies. Gotta be ready.

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    Apr 30, 2009 4:45 PM GMT
    I just order my mask. PLEASE. I would have to see the number of new cases rise across the country before I panic!icon_biggrin.gif
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    Apr 30, 2009 4:45 PM GMT
    I live in San Luis Potosí the state in Mexico with the most deaths from swine flu and it's somewhat serious. Schools have closed as well as gyms, bars, etc.
    I don't think you should stock up on groceries.

    We are just taking precautions, like washing your hands every time you come back from a place or if you handle something someone else has used. The government is trying to stop the virus from spreading.

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    Apr 30, 2009 4:55 PM GMT
    No need for panic, but I decided to stock up in prep for "THE BIG ONE" - that's the excuse I'm using. A couple analysts, and two psychics I know of said this will hit hard and there will be shut-downs, house-restricting, and street patrols to keep people inside, and 30,000,000 deaths. So, I figured I should at least get a pallet of water and some canned veggies.
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    Apr 30, 2009 4:58 PM GMT
    Good grief. Go back to living your life and stop watching the news.
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    Apr 30, 2009 5:00 PM GMT
    The pandemic is serious for many people, but personally I don't feel very much at risk. Here are some cool ways to decorate your masks.

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    Apr 30, 2009 5:10 PM GMT
    The pandemic is serious, with WHO placing it at a Level 5 Alert status. It kind of reminds me of the SARS pandemic a few years back, although the countries hit were mainly in Asia then. I just hope it won't affect my trip to China next week, and that I won't end up being quarantined somewhere...
  • Sebastian18

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    Apr 30, 2009 5:22 PM GMT
    Trance24 saidThe flu isn't the real concern. The panic comes when all the dead awake several days later as zombies. Gotta be ready.

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    I'm pretty sure if we're prepared for one, the other shouldn't prove too difficult.

    Ooh, and I got new running shoes and a camel-back! I'm super prepared now.
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    Apr 30, 2009 5:33 PM GMT
    Masks are a waste of time. The virus is so small it will pass through ordinary filtering media. Your better protection is to avoid crowds, wash your hands often, and don't touch public environmental surfaces. And if someone sneezes or coughs in your presence without covering themselves, kill them. These are simple precautions that will reduce the spread of swine flu, and protect you most effectively.
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    Apr 30, 2009 5:37 PM GMT
    LOL
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    Apr 30, 2009 5:38 PM GMT
    Considering the fact that 36,000 people die in the US from the Flu each year I am not going to get my panties in a bunch for 150 deaths in mexico.
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    Apr 30, 2009 5:38 PM GMT
    nah... but I am trying to get the kids whom I am sending overseas ready for one.

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    Apr 30, 2009 5:43 PM GMT
    Sparkycat saidI heard this guy on the radio saying that we should consider preparing for the swine flu pandemic by stocking up on food, gas, bottled water, etc. Is anyone doing this. How concerned are any of you? I'm in Iowa - no cases reported here yet. Do you think the media is blowing this out of proportion?


    Sorry to be the bearer of bad news, Sparky, but swine flu has arrived in Iowa. I just got this from the daily e-news email from the local radio station down here in Fairfield:

    First State Swine Flu Cases Linked To S.E. Iowa

    State officials say there are two potential cases of the ‘swine flu’ virus or what’s also called the H-1-N-1 virus, that have been identified so far out of over 150 samples sent into the state Hygienic Lab for testing. Iowa Department of Public Health director, Tom Newton, says they will find out sometime today from the C.D.C. if they are actually infected with the virus.

    According to Newton, the first person reported is an adult man from California who was traveling through Scott and Clinton counties late last week. The second case is a southeastern Iowa female who returned from Mexico and got ill.

    The unnamed female subject reportedly has, between falling ill and returning from Mexico, traveled through Johnson, Des Moines and Muscatine counties. Newton says the two have potentially spread the disease through the counties they visited.

    Newton says both were out and about doing normal day-to-day activities and going to work while they were still infectious. Now that the virus has been introduced to the state, they anticipate the ‘swine flu’ will spread across Iowa.
  • mateo76

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    Apr 30, 2009 5:46 PM GMT
    wyrln saidThe pandemic is serious for many people, but personally I don't feel very much at risk. Here are some cool ways to decorate your masks.

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    Those are fucking cool! I just might start wearing a mask so I can decorate it like that!
  • MSUBioNerd

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    Apr 30, 2009 6:00 PM GMT
    No. Most likely, the death rates in Mexico have been exaggerated because many people with milder symptoms were never formally diagnosed with the virus. With 1 death in the US among 109 confirmed cases, mortality seems to be in roughly the range as typical influenza strains in the developed world. Those with compromised immune systems--cancer patients, AIDS patients, the elderly, and the very young, mostly--need to be more cautious, but for most of us washing our hands regularly will be enough. If you do come down with symptoms, bed rest and fluids will probably be enough, but a high sustained fever, difficulty breathing, or neurological symptoms should cause you to seek medical attention. And, for everyone's sake: if you think you're sick, stay home. Going to work, school, or the gym when you're contagious just spreads your infection to everyone else.
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    Apr 30, 2009 6:09 PM GMT
    Yup. Washed my hands before/after lunch. Bring it.



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    Apr 30, 2009 7:17 PM GMT
    the swine flu is no more than just an embarrassing reminder of the medias effectiveness on the uneducated public

    you'd think bullshit propaganda would fade after the information age.

    you can learn more about how to accept death from the inevitable distribution of this influenza by checking out DrPhil.com

    but really, you cant go wrong with having people wash their hands more often can you?
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    Apr 30, 2009 7:21 PM GMT
    I'm leading our company's effort to prepare. I don't think the risk is dramatic, but it would be foolish for us (as a corporation) to turn a blind eye to it and have no response ready... just in case.

    As individuals, though, the best advice is what has already been stated many times: Wash your hands frequently and thoroughly, stay away from sick people, stay home if you're sick.

    If you start getting flu-like symptoms, go see a doctor with 24-48 hours so they can give you Tamiflu.
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    Apr 30, 2009 7:35 PM GMT
    Until at least May 15th I am not tricking with any pigs what so ever. Not even a peck on the cheek!

    BTW I work in a pharmacy..guess I'll be one of the 1st to go down...
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    Apr 30, 2009 7:39 PM GMT
    The sky is falling, yo
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    Apr 30, 2009 7:50 PM GMT
    There are two cases in my town.


    We are preparing. Just in case this turns out like the Spainish Flu of 1918... or worse. 21.5 million guessed to have died--675,000 Americans.

    I'm not scared though... yet.

    http://1918.pandemicflu.gov/index.htm

  • Apr 30, 2009 7:56 PM GMT
    Bring it!

    Cure= silver bullet to the head.