Fact: Making the jump from animal-to-person to person-to-person transmission is a rare skill for a flu virus to "learn." This ability makes H1N1
swine flu potentially dangerous—and makes the concern about it a bit different from the worries over bird flu, which has yet to make such a
Human-to-human transmission is a big part of why public health officials are pouring resources into swine flu and why they want you to be aware that
the virus is out there.
That said, experts like Johns Hopkins's Pekosz and RTI's Layton say there's currently no reason to lock yourself up in the house.
For one thing, the cases outside Mexico have been no more serious than your average flu bug. Right now, nobody is sure why that is. And while the
severity of the symptoms could increase, Pekosz said there's not really an immediate, serious threat to individuals within the United States.
"However," he said, "it certainly merits the public paying attention, and it warrants the public health efforts that have been going on in terms of
monitoring and research."
Fact fighting fiction: In a typical flu season, 30,000 or more American deaths are attributed to seasonal flu. Fewer than two dozen swine flu-related
deaths worldwide have been reported as of spring 2009. While the swine flu could become a more deadly flu, the high level of awareness and the steps
people are taking to prevent its spread may keep it from becoming nearly so deadly as seasonal flu.
I want to first thank all the people that have started threads about H1N1. Information is a weapon we all need. But as I've said before, there will
not be an issue when it comes to getting the vaccination because the media will have us all fighting for the first, second, third shot.
As part of the largest free thinkers on the planet WE have a responsibility to rein in our concerns about this flu and not let the media drag us by
the nose. The CDC, WHO stopped counting who had the flu back in May of this year. Not two months from its onset, they decided not to track it.
Now they push the panic button? You have to reasonably ask yourself, why. They don't even have data to correlate the trash they are throwing out.
They thought it too unimportant at the time.
Threads already about, school indoctrinations, (nice by the way), correlation to 1918 outbreaks (also good research), and these current ones about 50%
of the population getting the bug.
Have a nice scotch, I am.
Let's BE the intellectual people we know we are.
Thank you, and thanks to all who have contributed to this issue.
[edit on 24-8-2009 by mikerussellus]