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Old 04-30-2009, 08:20 AM   #21
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And this flu is also attacking the healthiest age range (18-40ish), people with completely developed and strong immune systems.

My university sent out an email late last night about a case they're treating at the medical center, they're waiting on CDC confirmation if it's the same virus. Also 7 others. All of these people JUST got back from Mexico. Insanity!

I'm headed to the OSUMC @ 145 for a dr appt, so hopefully it's not utter chaos. good thing the ER is on another floor LOL.
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Old 04-30-2009, 01:56 PM   #22
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ive been sick for a little while now and my mom is freaking out. She thinks im going to die. Its so funny!! I did get sick in NYC though. Ha
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I am not too worried about the flu, but it sure makes one happy that ya picked up travel insurance!
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Old 05-02-2009, 12:03 AM   #24
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Regular flus also do not kill you. Travel in confined spaces like buses and airplanes are especially dangerous... I'm going to buy a mask for such travel in the near future.
Really? And here I thought 250,000+ people die every year from the "regular" flu...
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Old 05-02-2009, 11:08 PM   #26
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^ right, but the WHO doesn't say: "pandemic is imminent" during the regular flu season.

I think this comparison with the regular flu is misleading. People die everyday from all sorts of things, and will continue to. But a pandemic can potentially kill off many young, healthy people who otherwise would only miss a few days of work due to a regular flu.
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Well, I know not everyone on this board lives in the U.S. obviously, so this is going to sound pretty ethnocentric I guess, but I realllly have a hard time believing that the swine flu will cause any significant death here (or in other similar nations) - the only death they're reporting on in the U.S. was of an infant who came here from Mexico, so I think this is hardly as scary as if it were some hearty young adult that was living in the U.S. all along or whatever.

Also, I'm thinking that nearly any sickness has the potential to kill someone if left untreated for long enough - one of the biggest killers of worldwide is diarrhea after all, and we know that it can be treated easily here in the land of Pepto Bismal, but not so much in other areas. Same goes for flu of any sort, whether it be porcine or not.

So I think this is one of the main reasons swine flu is killing anyone to begin with - not the fact that it is inherently super-deadly, but that it was not being recognized and treated in time. I have a friend from Mexico that has told me that he thinks a big part of it has to do with this sort of "machismo" point of view, that going to the doctor too soon is a weakling thing to do. :P Who knows if this is true, but overall, I am just not as worried as the news wants me to be.

Just my little possibly-naive thoughts on the subject!
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Where I live, in Doral, Fl they are closing down two schools because they found a student that had access to both schools who may be infected with the virus. There are three possible cases being tested now in Doral... it's a small town within Miami. I've had a cold for about a week 1/2 now and it's starting to freak me out because I got the cold a day after going to the gym for 2 days...and we all know how easy it is to catch something at the gym with those icky machines. Plus, being a largely hispanic community, the rate of people having gone to infected areas like Mexico is pretty substantial.

Needless to say, my mother is freaking me out about my cold and everyone at work is also.
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thought this was pretty funny LOL
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I and while the cases are mild in the US/Canada and the people dying from them are in third world countries without the adequate medical facilities that we have the privilege of having access to, but it's medically a fact that virus strands can mutate and can get stronger (or weaker)...
I'm hearing this news that this swine flu is spreading and infecting people in Mexico, US, Canada, Austria etc.. So I guess this time around, it did not really come from the third world countries, (Yes I am from a third world country and yet we don't have swine flu cases here yet, actually people here are becoming paranoid of stepping outside the land. Scared that they might catch some kind of a disease and infect other people here) regardless if you have all the advanced medical facilities and all that, even if you are from a rich country, if people are really gonna die, then we'll all gonna die.
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Im not worried at all. Im still travelling around the states, tot he places that have had people infected. Travelling on buses, planes and trains. For me, seriously, its not the end of the world if I get the swine flu. I dont have travel insurance, but its not like they arent going to treat me.

I really think its just common sense, if you sick, get treated.
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I'm hearing this news that this swine flu is spreading and infecting people in Mexico, US, Canada, Austria etc.. So I guess this time around, it did not really come from the third world countries, (Yes I am from a third world country and yet we don't have swine flu cases here yet, actually people here are becoming paranoid of stepping outside the land. Scared that they might catch some kind of a disease and infect other people here) regardless if you have all the advanced medical facilities and all that, even if you are from a rich country, if people are really gonna die, then we'll all gonna die.
You misunderstood what I was saying - I'm not saying everyone in a 3rd world country is dying of swine flu and you're right there are MANY countries without any outbreaks, I just didn't want to single out Mexico, and I understand that countries have hospitals, yada yada yada, what I'm saying is that directly comparing US facilities to that of, say, Mexico's, they are at a completely different caliber. It isn't ethnocentric, it just is what it is. That's why when you can't get above a 26 o 27 on your MCATs you don't even bother applying to medical school in the US - you go to the Caribbean or Mexico. It is what it is. I wish everyone could have leading research hospitals and places like the Cleveland Clinic and Mayo Clinic in their countries, maybe it would be helpful, maybe it wouldn't. Whatever. Just not trying to be an "asshole imperialist" or whatever and knock on all the third world countries, I'm just saying the conditions in rural and urban Mexico, unfortunately contribute to how this was spread in some ways and it's very unfortunate, and hopefully the WHO can help contain this. The other side of this is that if a virus is strong enough, it will spread in a sterile room, so really what can you do? Not trying to say it's anyone's fault, it just IS WHAT IT IS. That's all.

We've got 2 cases now at my university, they're unrelated to each other, so who knows how/where it came from. Not freaking out. I survived Hollywood and it's dirt, piss, and grime, so I can handle OSU. I need a new bottle of Purell though.
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