The Swine Frenzy

Hasn't the media out done themselves on this one.

I talk to people everyday that are just freaked out about getting the swine flu.

Look at the figures. I would be willing to gamble that more people die in auto accidents in a day then will die from this swine flu outbreak.

Those in the biggest category of getting infected are people who work with hogs and pigs. Do you?

Yes this strain will pass from human to human but death is very rare.

Panic can cause more deaths than the flu itself.

Here is what is said from Wikipedia about this strain:

The 2009 flu outbreak in humans that is widely known as "swine flu" apparently is not solely due to a swine influenza virus. It is due to a new strain of influenza A virus subtype H1N1 that derives from one strain of human influenza virus, one strain of avian influenza virus, and two separate strains of swine influenza virus. The origins of this new strain are unknown, and the World Organization for Animal Health (OIE) reports that this strain has not been isolated in swine.[3] It passes with apparent ease from human to human, an ability attributed to an as-yet unidentified mutation.[4] The strain in most cases causes only mild symptoms and the infected person makes a full recovery without requiring medical attention and without the use of antiviral medicines.[5]

I believe I will eat porkchops tonight. I see no reason to get all panicky.

If everyone just washes their hands and does all the C.D.C. tells us to, all will be well.

Here are a few comics I have found about this swine flu. We may as well laugh, no sense in getting all worked up.

Media

It just amazes me how the media has just ran with this. Here are a few videos:

It's killed how many out of millions?

Mellow Out

Mellow out with it.

We have to be calm during events such as these.

Think I will go have some bacon and eggs and go help Leroy slop the hogs.

Talk to ya all later!


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Lissie 7 years ago from New Zealand

Wow a voice of sanity within all the hype - nice hub! Humans realy quite irrational - I agree we are far more likely to kill our selves with panic than die of the flu!


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Froggy213 7 years ago from On A Mountain In Puerto Rico Author

Thanks Lissie. I think it gives me the flu just hearing all the garbage about it.


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Misha 7 years ago from DC Area

LOL It's nice to know there are still few sane persons around :)


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SEM Pro 7 years ago from North America

Great hub Froggy. I have a wonderful barometer for sanity with a friend who works in a VA hospital. When asked about getting one of the kits offered to prevent it, he said, "what wear a mask on the street?" That's all he had to say (lol) Mind you, I have an extensive trip coming up and glad driving's more convenient. With all the hype, folks will probably be treating each other like terrorists on the planes :)


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Amanda Severn 7 years ago from UK

I love that pic of the kid kissing the pig! Hilarious! So far we have a handful of confirmed cases here in the UK. Maybe I might feel differently when people around me start dropping like flies, but I'm not into panicking everytime the media starts hyping things up. On the plus side, it's taken people's minds off the economy!


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jim10 7 years ago from ma

Not too long ago the media overreacted to the whole bird flu thing. I believe the vaccination companies made way too many vaccines and the government paid for it. Maybe washing our hands and getting our daily does of vitamin C could be a more reasonable suggestion. And it would prevent other diseases too.


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G-Ma Johnson 7 years ago from NW in the land of the Free

Yes and I heard the flu shot they have for this (well actually for the bird flu) but is the same.... they over produced and didn't use is expiring in 6 months..HUMMMM???? G-Ma :O) Hugs


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cindyvine 7 years ago from Kyiv, Ukraine

You want to hear something strange, the hotel I stayed in last week in Hong kong was the same hotel tha Mexican guy with Swine flu stayed in. He checked in on the day we checked out, now that whole hotel is under quarantine!


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frogyfish 7 years ago from Central United States of America

Right, Froggy 213, I am staying out of the 'Frenzy' too! You've got several hubs I want to come back to also. Think we might be 'cousins' too? :-) Am joining your fan club now!


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Froggy213 7 years ago from On A Mountain In Puerto Rico Author

My long lost amphibian cousin. Thanks for reading frogyfish.

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