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There was no standardized test for H1N1 in general, let alone the specific strain we're calling swine flu. So during the entire first month of the hysteria about swine flu, the cases were being diagnosed BY SYMPTOMS ONLY. Again, if diagnosis is by symptoms only then there is no way to differentiate swine flu from regular old fashioned flu.
By the end of May 2009 the CDC finally claimed they had a test for swine flu, which was described both on the CDC website as well as by calling them on the phone. But guess what criterion was a positive diagnosis for swine flu: a simple positive test for Influenza A! Any type of Influenza A, out of hundreds of strains. Not even as specific as H1N1, of which there are only dozens of strains. Don't believe it? Call CDC, or look at the archives on their site. At that time anyone testing positive for Influenza A was counted as having swine flu!
Originally posted by Lil Drummerboy
I will agree that it seems messed up but I would say for #1. it is very costly to test every one on a case by case basis #2 the hospitals and clinics simply are way understaffed to deal with the amount of people coming in sick. #3 it is so much easier to get everybody injected with that deadly dose of crap if there is less roadblocks to slow the process.
Originally posted by kiwifoot
In the UK, you can be diagnosed with swine flu by having 2 of the following symptoms:
* Widespread muscle and joint aches
* A cough
* Blocked or runny nose
* Sore throat
* Watery diarrhoea
Which can be said of about ten thousand illnesses!
As I showed in a thread I'm healthy but became a UK Swine flu case in 15 easy clicks & got a code for Tamiflu-read the Q's
this is all done by phone or online, it's a joke!