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  1. by   Prettyladie
    well its on the news right now. and Richardson Elementary is shut down this week because a boy came down with swine flu. i think they should know what is going on especially since its relatively close to where you live. richardson is what umm 20 mins from my house. so i think its good.
  2. by   ktwlpn
    They just took a passenger off of a plane at Philadelphia Airport....I'm going to keep watching the news.We have a large population of Mexican immigrants in this area and they frequently travel back and forth.We have a mexican woman on our unit-she has something like a dozen children-some here and some there.Who knows if any of them have traveled in the past few weeks? If people start dying here like they have in Mexico you are going to see a panic and that's what I'm most afraid of...
  3. by   MikeyBSN
    Quote from Prettyladie
    well its on the news right now. and Richardson Elementary is shut down this week because a boy came down with swine flu. i think they should know what is going on especially since its relatively close to where you live. richardson is what umm 20 mins from my house. so i think its good.
    If a kid at the school had RSV would it make the news? Would you care?
  4. by   Laidback Al
    Quote from MikeyBSN
    If a kid at the school had RSV would it make the news? Would you care?
    Having watched bird flu evolve over the past several years in Asia, it is interesting that North Americans pay little attention to health issues in far away foreign lands. But there are now 40 confirmed A/H1N1 swine flu cases in the USA. High schools in Texas have been closed down as has St. Francis Preparatory School in Queens in NY because 28 students have been infected.

    Perhaps when it is your children or grand children, spouse, siblings, other relatives, or friends and neighbors that are infected and need professional health care, you might be more inclined to follow the news.
  5. by   Sonjailana
    Sure, I could get avian flu or swine flu...or ebola, or diabetes, or become obese. Or, I could be hit by lightning, or in a car wreck...the world is full of dangerous, frightening things that could eventually kill us all. Mexico City has what..20 million people..and how many people got sick? How many people die daily from car accidents, etc?

    Obviously it's good to be informed and aware, I just hate the hype and obsession. Enough already.
  6. by   ktwlpn
    Quote from MikeyBSN
    If a kid at the school had RSV would it make the news? Would you care?
    Not an accurate comparison,IMHO
  7. by   gr8hart
    All of this.......and my hopsital in upstate Ny has yet to put out any kind of public message to visitors at my facility. I was asked today by a visitor..."what do you folks do to prevent the spread?" I lied and said the standard, no one should visit if they cold or flu symptoms.
    What the H are we all waiting for?
  8. by   Sonjailana
    So, about 2000 people sick in Mexico out of 109,000,000...about .002%
  9. by   Tweety
    Even if it's 0.002%....to the sick person and their family it's a big deal.

    However, the news media here told people if they have flu like symptoms to see their doctor and get tested, that might be over kill as there are no reported cases in Florida. Perhaps it should be "if you've been to Mexico and have flu like symtoms get tested..."....and we all know not everyone has a doctor and they will be flocking to ERs.

    Balance however is not something the media is good at.
  10. by   MikeyBSN
    Quote from ktwlpn
    Not an accurate comparison,IMHO
    You're right, RSV kills about 4500 people per year, the "swine" flu has killed 149, if that.
  11. by   MikeyBSN
    Quote from Laidback Al
    Having watched bird flu evolve over the past several years in Asia, it is interesting that North Americans pay little attention to health issues in far away foreign lands. But there are now 40 confirmed A/H1N1 swine flu cases in the USA. High schools in Texas have been closed down as has St. Francis Preparatory School in Queens in NY because 28 students have been infected.

    Perhaps when it is your children or grand children, spouse, siblings, other relatives, or friends and neighbors that are infected and need professional health care, you might be more inclined to follow the news.
    I watch the news, and I take it with a grain of salt. Do you really believe everything you see on tv? Yes people have been infected. As far as I understand, only one needed to be hospitalized. The rest have made a full recovery. That doesn't sound like the criteria worthy of panic and attention that this thing is getting.
  12. by   cursedandblessed
    the news does get a bit overdone, especially with the 24/7/365 channels, and updates every couple of minutes on the internet.

    i know it would be difficult tracking those driving in from mexico, but couldn't they find those who'd been on planes with those who were sick and do screenings, or on any planes that had been incoming from mexico?
  13. by   canoehead
    Whatever.

    The population needs to be culled anyway.

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