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Originally posted by Wildbob77
There are several reasons that the US is not canceling all events.
First, the flu seems to be relatively mild.
Second, this time of year, the flu will kind of fizzle out.
My concern is that the flu will be back towards the end of 2009.
Flu back later this year
Best of luck to you all.
Originally posted by OnTheFelt
reply to post by TeeJay
Exactly! Let's just say for arguments sake that this is a more serious situation then some of us speculate...So now, 100,000 people will be gathering for the Kentucky Derby, this is absolute BS.
If I was a parent who was forced to keep his child home, so now I'm paying more money for someone to watch them, because I still have to go to work to pay the bills, I would be absolutely furious to see thousands of spectators be allowed to assemble together for a sporting event in the very same area that is supposed to be infected. An oxymoron at its finest
6. How close do you have to be to a sick person to get swine flu? "You can acquire this infection if you're within the 'breathing zone' of a sick person, which is about three to six feet," Schaffner said. "And we usually mean being this close to someone in a confined space. We're not talking about fleeting contact. We're not talking about walking past someone in the street. You need sustained contact." If you think you might have sustained contact with someone who's ill, read this guidance from the CDC's Web site. 7. Yikes! Every day I'm that close to countless people -- at work, on the bus, at church, in a movie theater. Could I get swine flu from them? Yes. "If you're standing next to someone on a bus, or sitting next to someone or in front of someone in a theater, you could acquire the infection in that fashion," Schaffner said. That's why people with the symptoms of any kind of flu -- fever, diarrhea, body aches, vomiting, etc. -- are urged to stay home and away from groups of people.
Source is here.
Symptoms of allergic rhinitis, or hay fever, frequently include nasal congestion, a clear runny nose, sneezing, nose and eye itching, and excess tear production in the eyes. Postnasal dripping of clear mucus frequently causes a cough. Loss of the sense of smell is common, and loss of taste sense occurs occasionally. Nose bleeding may occur if the condition is severe. Eye itching, redness, and excess tears in the eyes frequently accompany the nasal symptoms.
Source is here.
"What are the signs and symptoms of swine flu in people? The symptoms of swine flu in people are similar to the symptoms of regular human flu and include fever, cough, sore throat, body aches, headache, chills and fatigue. Some people have reported diarrhea and vomiting associated with swine flu."
Originally posted by fleabit
Because it's a simple flu at this point, not the plague. Heck, it's probably better to catch it now, than later.
The warnings are ridiculous really. 5 simply means this is spreading. Like I dunno.. a normal flu. It's a bureocratic tool to let governments know they should implement whatever measures they think are necessary based on the way it spreads.
I think WHO is just covering their hineys is all, just in case.