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I am watching her closely to see if she acts like she has the flu. I must admit I am nervous.
 

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Where in Mexico?

With all the hullabaloo I'm sure all precautions are being taken.

There's a lot of unnecessary hype in the media. What people don't know, is that of all of the people who've died from the flu in Mexico, only a small number of them were "Swine Flu" positive.

There are literally thousands of people who die from the flu each year (and almost all are already quite immune compromised to begin with). Swine is just one strain amongst several.

Still, it's good to "watch" the student and be aware.
 

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OldEndicottHiway said:
Where in Mexico?

With all the hullabaloo I'm sure all precautions are being taken.

There's a lot of unnecessary hype in the media. What people don't know, is that of all of the people who've died from the flu in Mexico, only a small number of them were "Swine Flu" positive.

There are literally thousands of people who die from the flu each year (and almost all are already quite immune compromised to begin with). Swine is just one strain amongst several.

Still, it's good to "watch" the student and be aware.
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I love how the media blows everything out of proportion and whips everyone into a frenzy. While it is a concern this strain of flu has mutated and gained the ability to cross the species barrier, right now it is no more dangerous than the strains already making the rounds.

Tonight I have passed out more CDC handouts than I can count.
We are a meat-manufacturing plant (not a kill plant...so no live animals or fresh carcasses here) and I can't tell you how many people in the pork department have come in to ask if they are at risk since they are working with pork tenderloins. :rolleyes:
 

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Yeah I think this has been blown out of proportion. Just keep an eye on her and if she looks ill send her to the nurse.
 

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Yeah those airsoft rifles would get rid of the fluenza fur sure. :p

Besides, don't we hurt Mexico enough by supplying all of their Cartel members with assault weapons? Fact: to date: Out of all the weapons confiscated during drug cartel raids, only 17 weapons came from the US.

PA
 

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If they take you down, might as well take 'em too.
 

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much ado about nothing, 36000 people die every year due to the flu. Less than 200 die here and it's a global alert?

Going to Mexico City next week, great values in air and hotel rooms right now!
 

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Uh, hold it. Wait. Bogus thinking here....

lets_ride said:
I love how the media blows everything out of proportion and whips everyone into a frenzy. While it is a concern this strain of flu has mutated and gained the ability to cross the species barrier, right now it is no more dangerous than the strains already making the rounds.
Tonight I have passed out more CDC handouts than I can count.
We are a meat-manufacturing plant (not a kill plant...so no live animals or fresh carcasses here) and I can't tell you how many people in the pork department have come in to ask if they are at risk since they are working with pork tenderloins:
Let me just jump in from the viewpoint of "the media": What's the alternative, for a reporter or editor, to passing along news of the outbreak, then following it with information from the CDC, health officials and other experts? It's a fact that people have died, and a fact that this is a new and somewhat unusual virus. The only responsible course for those who report the news is to report that. I've read a dozen stories about it, written three and interviewed a couple of infectious disease specialists on the radio. All the reports were factual, none was hysterical, and all said very plainly that while the course of the epidemic is unknown, the risk for healthy people in the U.S. is probably small. Most noted that there's no danger from eating pork, and my radio commentary said it was OK to go to Mexican restaurants (I got calls about that; my listeners are no smarter than your pork people).
Blaming "the media" for people's reaction to bad news is a simplistic, buck-passing response. People by and large are prone to hysteria, and most of them quit paying attention to science classes in about seventh grade. But the alternative to reporting the news is NOT reporting the news, and that's worse.
 

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Cory said:
Let me just jump in from the viewpoint of "the media": What's the alternative, for a reporter or editor, to passing along news of the outbreak, then following it with information from the CDC, health officials and other experts? It's a fact that people have died, and a fact that this is a new and somewhat unusual virus. The only responsible course for those who report the news is to report that. I've read a dozen stories about it, written three and interviewed a couple of infectious disease specialists on the radio. All the reports were factual, none was hysterical, and all said very plainly that while the course of the epidemic is unknown, the risk for healthy people in the U.S. is probably small. Most noted that there's no danger from eating pork, and my radio commentary said it was OK to go to Mexican restaurants (I got calls about that; my listeners are no smarter than your pork people).
Blaming "the media" for people's reaction to bad news is a simplistic, buck-passing response. People by and large are prone to hysteria, and most of them quit paying attention to science classes in about seventh grade. But the alternative to reporting the news is NOT reporting the news, and that's worse.
I should have prefaced that statement with one regarding specific media tactics. It's one thing to give a fair, balanced report which provides valid information. It's quite another to have a teaser (local news stations, anyone?) with a "death tracker" then not provide any scientific data.
 

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Cory said:
Let me just jump in from the viewpoint of "the media": What's the alternative, for a reporter or editor, to passing along news of the outbreak, then following it with information from the CDC, health officials and other experts? It's a fact that people have died, and a fact that this is a new and somewhat unusual virus. The only responsible course for those who report the news is to report that. I've read a dozen stories about it, written three and interviewed a couple of infectious disease specialists on the radio. All the reports were factual, none was hysterical, and all said very plainly that while the course of the epidemic is unknown, the risk for healthy people in the U.S. is probably small. Most noted that there's no danger from eating pork, and my radio commentary said it was OK to go to Mexican restaurants (I got calls about that; my listeners are no smarter than your pork people).
Blaming "the media" for people's reaction to bad news is a simplistic, buck-passing response. People by and large are prone to hysteria, and most of them quit paying attention to science classes in about seventh grade. But the alternative to reporting the news is NOT reporting the news, and that's worse.
The alternative is passing along information without sensationalizing it. Palm Beach Post the other day headlines "Swine Flu, The Big One?". Now that seems a wee bit over the top don't you think.
 

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Cory said:
Let me just jump in from the viewpoint of "the media": What's the alternative, for a reporter or editor, to passing along news of the outbreak, then following it with information from the CDC, health officials and other experts? It's a fact that people have died, and a fact that this is a new and somewhat unusual virus. The only responsible course for those who report the news is to report that. I've read a dozen stories about it, written three and interviewed a couple of infectious disease specialists on the radio. All the reports were factual, none was hysterical, and all said very plainly that while the course of the epidemic is unknown, the risk for healthy people in the U.S. is probably small. Most noted that there's no danger from eating pork, and my radio commentary said it was OK to go to Mexican restaurants (I got calls about that; my listeners are no smarter than your pork people).
Blaming "the media" for people's reaction to bad news is a simplistic, buck-passing response. People by and large are prone to hysteria, and most of them quit paying attention to science classes in about seventh grade. But the alternative to reporting the news is NOT reporting the news, and that's worse.
BS

There is a hugh difference between responsible reporting that some people have died from a derivitive of swine flu and the overhype that is going on right now.....lead story on every national news program with follow-ups as to how people are "surviving" the onslaught. C'mon cory, this "Pandemic" is such a small issue right now it certainly doesn't warrant the media attention it's gotten.

Len
 

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JohnHemlock said:
much ado about nothing, 36000 people die every year due to the flu. Less than 200 die here and it's a global alert?

Going to Mexico City next week, great values in air and hotel rooms right now!
That sounds like a good idea to me except that I saw on the news that most of Mexico City is closing down because of the flu. Even the cruise ships are skipping stops in Mexico. If I was on a cruise I'd be a bit pissed.

Call me back when it is starting to come close to being as bad as the 'regular' flu.
 

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lets_ride said:
We are a meat-manufacturing plant (not a kill plant...so no live animals or fresh carcasses here) and I can't tell you how many people in the pork department have come in to ask if they are at risk since they are working with pork tenderloins. :rolleyes:
We used to have a Pork Department here on 3rd shift, before we started locking the door to that room.
 

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Cory, when people (reporters) start throwing around "pandemic" they are sensationalizing the news. Sure it should be reported, and hopefully people pay more attention to seeing a doc if sick and washing their hands and stuff, but the swine flu is NOT a pandemic.

Also, don't take how we see some of the media reporting as how YOU are reporting things. While you seem to have common sense, others are probably just looking to boost their readers/viewers number.
 

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I remember many years back, during the SARS pandemic that affected this region and other parts of the world.

The part that pisses me off was how the effin public here looked at heatlhcare professionals like they are diseased, rotten, unwanted and just plain scums.

I hope someone stabs them with needles into their livers. No, really. I do.
 

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John,

Where do you live?

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I live in Colorado but have a home in the San Angel neighborhood of Mexico City.

To an earlier point - the city is shutting down but that won't be happening much longer, businesses can't afford to shutter in a city of 25 million because .00004% of the population are reporting symptoms.
 
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