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  1. by   greenjungle
    2 million will die? This is terrible, in a worst-case scenario for the USA.
  2. by   vsigns
    The students returning from Mexico are unaware of the epidemic at hand. I called to tell my son. He says no one has informed them. He can not read or speak spanish. All newspapers and TV are in spanish. He does not have a lap-top either. He would not have know about this until he went to the airport. I have told him to take precautions, luckily he is medical personel-so he knows what to do now and is informing anyone who does not speak or read spanish of the epidemic. I can't believe the CDC has not thought about all of them?
  3. by   Multicollinearity
    Swine flu confirmed at Disney in Florida:

    http://www.wftv.com/news/19311020/detail.html#-

    It'll be interesting to see if those who were at the park on the same day as the infected tourist fall sick, too. That might show just how contagious (or not) this swine flu is.
  4. by   BelleKat
    Quote from multicollinearity
    Swine flu confirmed at Disney in Florida:

    http://www.wftv.com/news/19311020/detail.html#-

    It'll be interesting to see if those who were at the park on the same day as the infected tourist fall sick, too. That might show just how contagious (or not) this swine flu is.
    Gah! Now it's in Fl,well it was just a matter of time.
  5. by   nerdtonurse?
    They keep talking about the 50 million doses of Tamiflu -- Well, last I heard, there's over 400 million of us.

    If I see Randall Flagg, I'm outta here.... I'd take zombies and go hang out at the Winchester and eat toasties anytime....
  6. by   vsigns
    Tamiflu and Relenza are being given to the sickest patients within the first 48 hours only. After 48 hours it has no effect on the virus. It can make the flu's effects less severe for some. No guarantee. It should not be taken if you are not sick. Doing so could cause the virus to mutate more. Every country and state has it's own supply. More is being made and preparation is underway-per CDC for a pandemic. Take regular precautions and don't panic-that won't help anyone.Prepare to stay home, so shop for some extra food and you won't have to go out. If you have to go out wear a mask and wash those hands. "Single most effective wash to stop the spread of disease".
  7. by   Katnip
    Quote from nerdtonurse?
    They keep talking about the 50 million doses of Tamiflu -- Well, last I heard, there's over 400 million of us.

    If I see Randall Flagg, I'm outta here.... I'd take zombies and go hang out at the Winchester and eat toasties anytime....
    And I bet ole Randall is out there somewhere biding his time. Give me zombies any day.
  8. by   Katnip
    Quote from multicollinearity
    Swine flu confirmed at Disney in Florida:

    http://www.wftv.com/news/19311020/detail.html#-

    It'll be interesting to see if those who were at the park on the same day as the infected tourist fall sick, too. That might show just how contagious (or not) this swine flu is.
    This is a suspected case, not confirmed. If someone has an acute respiratory infection and meet certain criteria, it is considered suspicious. The state then tests the specimen and determines if it seems positive for swine flu. It is is, then it is upgraded to probably, and sent to the CDC where it may or may not be confirmed.

    So there isn't a confirmed case yet. This is where the media really needs to be more responsible, as well as those in the hospital-they need to learn the correct terminology in discussing these things because of leaks and the ever-present media.
  9. by   nursesarah
    Quote from MikeyBSN
    You're right, RSV kills about 4500 people per year, the "swine" flu has killed 149, if that.
    Yeah, good point. But let's just look critically at that. RSV kills about 4500 people per year. 4500 people in 52 weeks. That's roughly 82 people/week.

    The first death from the swine flu was about 2 weeks ago. So you could do an average and say that the swine flu has killed 74 people/week. Except for the fact that as of the 25th the death toll was at 81. So that means in 3 days, the number of people that have died has almost doubled.

    It's not the number of deaths that's scary, it's the rate at which it's spreading. A week ago, no one had heard of the swine flu.

    Personally, I'm not all that worried. I should be because I'm in the prime age bracket for getting sick and dying. But the way I figure it, if the flu doesn't kill me, I'll fry because of global warming. If that doesn't happen, I'm gonna lose everything I have because of the economy anyways. Then there's always the anti-christ and armageddon to worry about.

    I'm gonna go get drunk.
  10. by   Multicollinearity
    Quote from Katnip
    This is a suspected case, not confirmed. If someone has an acute respiratory infection and meet certain criteria, it is considered suspicious. The state then tests the specimen and determines if it seems positive for swine flu. It is is, then it is upgraded to probably, and sent to the CDC where it may or may not be confirmed.

    So there isn't a confirmed case yet. This is where the media really needs to be more responsible, as well as those in the hospital-they need to learn the correct terminology in discussing these things because of leaks and the ever-present media.

    Hmm. That link I posted earlier this morning has been updated and deleted. Wish I would have quoted a section of the text. It appears the news channel is back-tracking.
  11. by   cursedandblessed
    i'm on a study break. they're saying there are at least two "probable cases" at the school near newberry, sc. tested + for type a but apparently our dhec test can't get any more specific so they're sending it off to cdc i think it was.

    i'm stocking up on essentials: diet soda, bp meds and bcp's, sent the hubby to buy some cat food(they were out, anyway). (sorry i shouldn't have such a lack of feeling).

    the ad on the side has changed from masks to something about washing your hands. lordy, i wash my hands 50-200 times a day minimum, if i wash them anymore there won't be any skin left on them. i'm the one who points out the shopping cart wipes are out at the store. yes, that's me at the front of the grocery store, wiping down the shopping cart handle seat, etc. "hey mr. k, it's that crazy lady with the cart cleaning fetish again!!"
  12. by   HonestRN
    First confirmed case in Indiana. Notre Dame student who has NOT been to Mexico.

    "INDIANAPOLIS | State officials said Tuesday that Indiana's first confirmed case of swine flu is a Notre Dame student in St. Joseph County. The state health commissioner says the person is "doing well."

    Health Commissioner Judy Monroe said the ill person had not recently traveled to Mexico, where more than 150 people are believed to have died from the flu strain, and that the state agency was investigating how the person might have acquired the illness."

    http://nwitimes.com/articles/2009/04...0720930896.txt
    Last edit by HonestRN on Apr 28, '09 : Reason: add link
  13. by   azhiker96
    I saw that 25% of the federal stockpile of Tamiflu and Relenza is being released. I'm glad they're holding some back because I'm still worried about the bird flu. I guess we'll know in a year or two but what if this is the first hit of a one two combination punch. I could see some countries using up the stockpiles of antivirals for the swine flu and then get hit by a mutated bird flu. Comparing the virulence of the two is like comparing a .45 bullet to a good dutch rub.

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