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Originally posted by OzWeatherman
The swine flu only kills the old, the pregnant and people that have chronic or fragile conditions (ie leukemia or respiratory illness'). The plague in The Stand killed everything, regardless of what condition or age they were.
Nothing prophetic here. I wonder why so many people keep trying to relate swine flu to things... its almost bordering on craziness now
As with all flu-like viruses, some people are at higher risk than others. Unfortunately, people who are otherwise healthy could also become seriously ill or, sadly, die."
It is important to stress that the symptoms of swine flu are, relatively speaking, mild. Unless you have flu-like symptoms and are being tested for swine flu, there is absolutely no need to stop your normal everyday activities," she said.
"However, it does not really affect the growing body of evidence that the first pandemic of the 21st century is a relatively mild one and that death rates are likely to be broadly comparable with the annual toll from seasonal flu. There certainly will be more deaths like this one – but most deaths will still occur among people who have some serious underlying condition, and are already likely to be under active medical management," he said.