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A public health emergency, says the expert. California, Texas, Kansas, New York, Ohio, Mexico, and Canada all have confirmed cases of this new swine flu.

I have msnbc on my TV right now and it's all they've been talking about.

They are recommending washing hands frequently and staying home if you're sick. The government says they have measures in place to begin the development of a vaccine if the need arises, and are prepared to release 25% of their stockpile of doses of viral flu medication.

Part of me is concerned. Part of me can't help but feel like this is being blown out of proportion, much like many other so-called newsworthy items so often are. Even so, I will be keeping my eyes and ears out for more news on this scary sickness.

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  1. brchbell's Avatar
    We have so much sickness going around in my neck of the woods. This new swine flu thing scares me! I have no immune system. 20 years of fighting cancer and liver disease leaves me open to every thing coming down the pike. I'm 4 hours away from all those kids who went to Mexico and brought the swine flu back to Kansas. I guess we'll wait to see how this plays out. But if it spreads I guess we'll camp out here at home and ride the storm out for how ever long it takes. I'm way out in the boon docks, even my mailbox is a quarter mile down the dirveway so can stay away from people and the outside community if I've a mind to!
  2. JoAnn's Avatar
    There are and have been so many different types of Flu here in the United States.. In 1957-1958 (“Asian Flu”) my parents spoke about this strain when I was growing up. And I can remember and a few others here probably can too, in 1968-1969 (“Hong Kong Flu”) that was a real scare at that time. In 1976 (“Swine Flu”) and 1977 (“Russian Flu”), “threats” beginning in 1997 ( “Bird Flu”) and 1999 (A/H9N2).

    Lighted Candles and Prayers to all Families involved with this strain of flu...

    The youngster here in Ohio, is living in the same county that I'm in and they say he is doing quite well (mild case) and no one else in his family had any symptoms -- so far. And he just came back from Mexico also (was visiting family). They have the school closed this week as a precaution following a "Centers for Disease Control" recommendation.

    Federal health officials declared a public health emergency in order to free up 12.5 million doses of antiviral medication to help treat the disease, which has now infected 20 people in five states. No deaths have been reported in the United States. ("Thank Goodness")

    I guess we're going to have to get by with some half assed treatments produced by the big pharmaceutical companies who has stock owned by the people running the FDA. But that is another thought.
  3. starsinnight's Avatar
    A friend of mine posted on facebook that she just came back from Mexico and thinks she might have it too... but the symptoms sound so similar to regular flus just with the capability of getting much worse. I am freaked out too, I catch all sicknesses that come near me and I don't want it at all.

    I guess all we can do is just try our best at prevention. I don't know if I would camp out at home because of it but if it gets more widespread, then we might have to, right?

    Here is what my university sent out as precautionary measures (some of them VERY obvious):

    • Cover your nose and mouth with a tissue when you cough or sneeze. Throw the tissue in the trash after you use it.
    • Wash your hands often with soap and water, especially after you cough or sneeze. Alcohol-based hand cleaners are also effective.
    • Avoid touching your eyes, nose or mouth. Germs spread that way.
    • Try to avoid contact with sick people. Influenza is thought to spread mainly person-to-person through coughing or sneezing of infected people.
    • If you get sick, the CDC recommends that you stay home from work or school and limit contact with others to keep from infecting them.
    • Students who become seriously ill should go to the Student Health Center, and faculty and staff should go to their doctor.
  4. Tarrien's Avatar
    The family I live with is forcing me to stay home from work since I already have mono which is already a kick in the pants for immunity. The way I figure it is my mono is my sign from whoever to stay home and don't be around people.
  5. wilbe95's Avatar
    YOu can sit there and worry about it but unless you take the precautions not much you can do about it. I have one here in the house with a fever and a cough, flu like symptoms. Mentioned that he has a new school mate who he worked closely with last week who just moved here from Mexico. He has a flu but I really don't think it is the swine flu. Can't panic or that makes everything worse.
  6. beansthemama's Avatar
    AHhhhhhhhhhhhhhhhhhhh!!! Thats it I am locking myself in a closet and never coming OUT! J/K Not going to panic either, hard not too, but I am in Oregon, so far no cases yet!
  7. JoAnn's Avatar
    Very well said Kim.....
    You can sit there and worry about it but unless you take the precautions not much you can do about it.
    And the bottom line, that you stated is so true.
    Can't panic or that makes everything worse.
    Good Health Wishes To All....
  8. DohDohBird's Avatar
    lol @ Beans. I have a friend that's decided to take that route, though.
  9. tsgal's Avatar
    Yes it has been the thing that they have been talking about on the news. But I believe that it will pass, just like all of the other flu types that have come and gone. I also believe that people aren't has clean these days. They don't stop and wash thier hands or sanitize their house when it really needs it. Don't get me wrong, my house is not perfect by know means. But I'm not surprised that something like this as come about. Have you ever watched people in a public bathroom, most of them don't even wash their hands before they leave. And I hate useing public bathrooms, but sometimes you have too.