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Originally posted by redhead57
I have been babysitting today so was away. So much going on.
As much as some people hate the friend of a friend stuff, I feel this is important. So..my best friend has a close friend that I know casually, but have given her a couple readings so I know she is of a good character.
She is some sort of VP at a local utility company and called my best friend this morning. This was their second Pandemic meeting and they were told to expect travel restrictions and for the state to shut down for a week to ten days sometime this month with the soonest being in 7 days. She said that they were told to have at least a weeks supply of everything on hand as travel would be restricted and no one was getting out. They are working on a way to keep things moving with a skeleton staff, expecting large numbers of employees unable to get to work due to illness or the shut down.
I am so glad to have finally heard something like this around here. The way the County Executive and Health Director were hedging yesterday this does not surprise me in the least. NOT AT ALL.
I have noticed all day they keep siting some low number of deaths in Mexico too like ten or something. They are likely talking about new deaths but the way it sounds to a casual listener......nothing is done that is not for a purpose.
I just want to know the real numbers, but with pneumonia being so often the cause of death from these flu's I doubt we will have a clue until this is really bad. I just pray it is not going to hurt alot of people, it is already painfully obvious that most of us are going to get this.
Inflatable mortuaries, 24-hour cremations and "express" funerals could all be used to dispose of thousands of bodies in a flu pandemic, Whitehall papers show.
In the worst-case scenario, the bodies of the dead could also be stored in refrigerator trucks. Coffins would be reused to cope with the huge numbers of fatalities.
Department of Health projections put the total UK death toll from a pandemic as high as 750,000. It was confirmed in 2006 that officials have ordered millions of extra body bags as a precaution.
Originally posted by irishchic
reply to post by spinkyboo
VERY interesting post: I began suffering with horrible asthma symptoms less than 1.5 years ago,never having had it before.
It just "started up..." confounded even the pullmonologist at the time as to why someone so healthy would have this happen.
[edit on 1-5-2009 by irishchic]
H1N1 Flu (Swine Flu)
What You Can Do to Stay Healthy
# Follow public health advice regarding school closures, avoiding crowds and other social distancing measures.
# Develop a family emergency plan as a precaution. This should include storing a supply of food, medicines, facemasks, alcohol-based hand rubs and other essential supplies.
# Call 1-800-CDC-INFO for more information.
Survival kit: Use this checklist to get ready for a pandemic.
In a disaster or during a health emergency such as a flu pandemic, keep in mind that neighborhood grocery stores and gas stations may run out of supplies. Essential services such as electricity, telephone and health care may be disrupted or shut down. Be prepared by assembling a survival kit to get you through tough times.
Originally posted by Cameoii
reply to post by antar
I couldn't agree with you more. My children have already missed some school this year do to illness and moving. Now I cannot choose to keep them home, because it breaks the law. I almost find myself hoping that their schools will close. It would be one less worry for my family.
Originally posted by Hx3_1963
Influenza A(H1N1) - update 8.1
US, California: Health officials identify fifth probable influenza A (H1N1) case in a healthcare worker of Sacramento County. #swineflu5 minutes ago from web
[edit on 5/1/2009 by Hx3_1963]