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Originally posted by yzzyUK
Originally posted by blind.face
It worries me a little, as I am a US citizen living in Mexico.. I don't wanna be trapped here.
Ditto... we have our American Neice here until July 8th.. by which time the level may change again but if not... is she stuck and who will pay for her ticket when it is ok to leave?
[edit on 11-6-2009 by yzzyUK]
Originally posted by Lebowski achiever
Ok....6 is here...Now what? What is the point of going up to level 6 if it is not any different from level 5 to all intents and purposes? Weird....
Originally posted by Kr0n0s
there will be no people dying in the streets, men in bio suits will not come knocking on my door to lock me and my kids up ...
The Health secretary, making a statement to the House of Commons, said that as of today “there are 909 confirmed cases in the United Kingdom”, and while stressing that the UK was well prepared to deal with the pandemic, said that there had been "significant" increases in the recent days.
Originally posted by winotka
CBS News president Richard Salant (1961 - 64 and 1966 - 79) explained the major media's role: "Our job is to give people not what they want, but what we decide they ought to have."
Using computational methods, developed over the last ten years at Oxford, we were able to reconstruct the origins and timescale of this new pandemic,' said Dr Oliver Pybus of Oxford University's Department of Zoology, an author of the paper. 'Our results show that this strain has been circulating among pigs, possibly among multiple continents, for many years prior to its transmission to humans.' Dr Pybus, along with Andrew Rambaut from the University of Edinburgh and colleagues, used evolutionary analysis to estimate the timescale of the origins and the early development of the epidemic. They believe that it was derived from several viruses circulating in swine, and that the initial transmission to humans occurred several months before recognition of the outbreak. The team conclude that 'despite widespread influenza surveillance in humans, the lack of systematic swine surveillance allowed for the undetected persistence and evolution of this potentially pandemic strain for many years.'
The parallels between the 2009 pandemic and the 1918 pandemic are striking; Both began as a mild infection in the spring and targeted previously healthy young adults. In the fall of 1918, the virus was much more deadly, leading to the death of 20-50 million people, most of which were previously healthy young adults. ...
Under the earlier pandemic phasing system, the discovery of sustained transmission would have generated a phase 6 designation two months ago. The earlier system defined phase 3,4, and 5 by increased transmission, and phase 6 represented sustained transmission, which was unlikely to be halted. ....
Thus, the two month delay in the pandemic 6 declaration may prove to be quite hazardous to the world's health.
entertainment establishments on Phuket Island were asked during a meeting Saturday to close their businesses for five days so that the owner would have enough time to clean and spray their places. The request was made after an employee of one entertainment centre was found to have contracted the virus, becoming the first case to have been reported in the popular resort. Blood tests on 26 employees of Phuket nightlife and other entertainment venues on the island believed to have come into close contact with Hong Kong tourists who returned home recently and were diagnosed with the virus, will be known later Saturday.