This will probably be the most important message I've ever posted here in the forums. This message is not meant to create panic but to let you know about the urgency of the situation.
You have a very small window of opportunity to prepare for the coming swine flu pandemic. Today the World Health Organization (WHO) raised the pandemic phase to 5- a never before reached phase since the ratings inception. Just 2 days ago it was at a level 4, which was another milestone. Level 5 means a flu pandemic is IMMINENT. These are not my words but the words of the WHO.
We in the US are probably at about day 5 or so of the coming pandemic. For a simulation of what a pandemic looks like in it's cycle here is a good visual simulation: http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=htnh7pBBtrM
I have been closely following the situation and researching for the past week. This is a situation that we have not seen before at least in our lifetime. How bad this gets is anyones guess but typically pandemics can last about a year, evolving an even second or third time like the 1918 Spanish Flu epidemic did. So mild cases right now would not be unusual. What is unusual about this flu though is that it typically can strike young healthy people, and many fatalities have been among that age group. During the Spanish Flu epidemic of 1918 an estimated 20-100 million people died. The good thing in todays world is that we have made plans for this so there are measures in place to deal with some things. But note what I said - some things. Even with good measures in place we cannot control sickness. Hospitals may become overwhelmed, supplies and groceries depleted- all sorts of scenarios can unfold.
Here where I live, in the SF Bay Area, I am getting firsthand reports from my pastors wife, who is a nurse practitioner, and my niece, a medical assistant. At Stanford masks and gloves are required. All people coming in with fever or flu symptoms are being accessed. In a flu such as this cases can spread rapidly.
Some people may think this is a false flag attack, diversion or whatever from the economy but don't let that stop you from getting prepared. I have written a hub about swine flu prep and so have some other hubbers. Read as much as you can right now and prepare yourself and your family. The worst thing that could happen is that you end up with supplies you should have anyway.The best thing that could happen is perhaps preparing might save your family from worse hardship should this flu evolve into an uncontrollable monster.Vaccines against specific strains take time, this is a new strain which has 4 parts- avian,swine,human and asian. A new and not seen before mix.
I also have a reporter friend going undercover into Mexico at great risk to bring back some real video of what's going on down there. In Newsweek today there was an article about how Mexico has actually downplayed the seriousness of what has been happening in Mexico. IMHO, the borders should have been closed days ago but unfortunately the almighty dollar took precedence over safety.
Please prepare yourselves and your family. Please don't panic but please prepare. As days go by certain items will be harder to find in the stores.
I know you are talking about the U.S with the swine flu, but for people not from the U.S, the swine flu is not imminent, so in turn you really are creating unnecessary panic and fear. Ironic isn't it?
I think a Level 5 warning is not creating unnececessary panic and fear. This is a serious and dangerous flu that is going to hit worldwide so I think her post was really helpful.
Bad Company is right...this is a very serious situation
I work at a large hospital and talk to many doctors they dont seem to worried they are compare this to the bird flu
M also agree with you but she must have 2 write this inn short or as hub...dont u think so..?
I am here in chicago and now know someone who tested postive for swine flu they have been sick for four days and on antivirus drugs and feel better!!!!not admitted to the hospital in fear of spreading the virus he was sent home. blood was drawn and sent out to GA. for more testing
This is good to hear. I heard that the antiviral drug was helpful for some. There is no vaccine.
I heard there is a strong possibility that we may go to phase 6 real soon because of the high transmission rate.
I have a reporter friend that landed in Mexico City today to report so it will be interesting to see what he has to say.
I am at work tonite and the grem lady, that is was i call her any way she tracks all the new bugs put out a email today that said that the all the blood drive were canceled in fear of spreading the virus and they seem to think that the bug is getting a little weaker
Exactly- that's the norm- that's why there is nothing to panic about if you are a relatively healthy person living in a country with access to good nutrition.
we get new flu bugs every year,sometime think if they would not of used the word swine i don't think it would have been as big as it is. don't get me wrong any type of flu A can be deadly depending on the health of the person!!! and most spead just as quick
I agree with Dorsi and the rest of you. It is not paranoia to be prepared for what could happen. "The prudent man foresees the difficulties ahead and prepares - the fool ignores the signs and suffers the consequences"...
It is certainly not fear-mongering to be informed and prepared and urge others to do the same. (You being prepared helps me!)
Most likely, nothing will happen. But what if it does? Will you be ready? Nobody thought all our utilities, communications systems, banks, and stores would be knocked out of commission during the Ice Storm 2009 here in Western KY in January, either. We only had a few hours to prepare for the storm. Those who were prepared had backup heat and electricity, and had food stocked up. Those who blew it off as "fear-mongering, and did not prepare, froze their asses off and did without.
At the very least, stock up on food and personal supplies, buy a good supply of bleach, disinfectants, and antibacterial soap, and get some masks! Also, invest in some vitamins, and herbal or natural immune system boosters, and be as healthy as you can be. These things are all good to have on hand anyway. Just use good common sense. If nothing happens, you will still be prepared.
Not fear-mongering. Just being smart!
There are confirmed cases in the UK, NZ, Spain, Israel, Canada, and I'm sure other places already.
A pandemic is global. The WHO is part of the United Nations. This will be worldwide.
This is very serious.
From the BBC today:
"The UN's World Health Organization has raised the alert over swine flu to level five - a "strong signal that a pandemic is imminent", it says."
"Announcing the latest alert level after an emergency WHO meeting in Geneva, Director General Margaret Chan urged all countries to activate their pandemic plans, including heightened surveillance and infection-control measures.
She said action should be undertaken with "increased urgency".
She added: "It really is the whole of humanity that is under threat in a pandemic."
There are isolated islands far from the joined continents like Australia, new zealand, pacific islands, other islands. Swine flu can be controlled in these islands as its one body of federal government there. Although there are suspected cases.
LOL We have international airports in those islands ... There are more confirmed cases in NZ than anywhere outside Mexico the last time I listened to the news - a school party has about 6 or 7 kids infected. They interviewed their English teacher and they were so bored in isolation they were asking for copies of Macbeth ... A feel pretty sad for tourist operators in some countries but personally won't be taking any extra precautions. Remember 1918 happened before we had anti-virals and when I lot of people were malnourished after the war. Also there was no real concept of public health so that it was spread throughout the community because people went to public "vapour stations" - to ease their breathing.
Interesting comment here in the newspaper that there has been a run on face masks - someone who HAS the flu should be wearing them - but apparently they do little in terms of infection control - that's all about washing your hands
Here is another good link to follow on the swine flu cases around the world (this google map link constantly updates) Just to give you some perspective, when I first started following this map several days ago there were only cases in Mexico,Cali and Texas. Just within days this has spread across the globe, no reports yet in Asia though.(yet)
http://maps.google.com/maps/ms?ie=UTF8& … 84&z=4
The World Health Organization are worried enough to put it at level 5, no flu has been put at Level 5 since 1918 which was the Spanish Flu. This one is at a higher level than the Hong Kong Flu of 1968 so maybe your hospital is playing it down to avoid working up a panic. Personally I am worried about it.
Badcompany, Hal Licino has written the definitive hub on this virus I suggest all hubbers who are concerned read it.
http://hubpages.com/hub/Stay-Safe-From- … ernment-Do
Dosi, good on you for writing this hub, everyone needs to know what to do and how this terrible flu is progressing. Lissie makes a good point about the masks.Very useful to save infecting others if you have the flu, and hand washing is a big factor.
Thank you Dorsi. I agree it doesn't help to panic or overreact, but to pooh-pooh this, it's not a good idea. We haven't had anything like this in our lifetimes, so some people are laughing or sneering. I hope they are right, that it's all foolishness, but I think the reverse is likely true--that it's being minimized here in the U.S. to prevent panic.
Seriously, everyone should have a plan even if it IS nonsense. That's just good sense. But it doesn't sound like nonsense to me.
Yes we have it was called the millennium bug - you know the end of the world cause all the computers were gonna stop working on 01/01/2000 I even knew experienced computer programmers who thought stockpiling water and food was a good idea.
I was right on that one too :-)
A good one there Lissie--- only do you notice that they would rather be induced with the fear and not looking at the real numbers or info. Hmmmm THIS worries me, not the flu or the pandemeic---Pandemic Right!! 2800 people in Mexico--now how many do you suppose live there and the 28 in New York, now how many do you suppose live in just the City alone there.
It's important to look at the link I posted at the beginning of how a "pandemic" plays out. If you look at what's happening right now and the simulation it's just about on target.
Yes many people die of the flu every year but this particular flu, the transmission of it, and it's make-up has many different reasons for us to be concerned. A pandemic is a different ball game all together. Not your average flu bug.
It seems to be human nature that we have a disaster to worry about- it even predates CNN! There were many cases of people committing suicide in 999 because they were convinced the world would end in 1000...
Dorsi, knowledge is key. Thank you for sharing this post. I have so many questions about this swine flu and to be frank, it just doesn't make sense to me. I've been writing about it, too. I guess you can say I'm skeptical. I invite you and others to check out my hub, too.
Thank you Dorsi, I will and am taking this seriously. My husband had a heart attack in Dec, tho mild he did require a heart stint. We are getting a prescription for tammiflu and are purchasing some other items, such as tagamet and C and other herbs and vitamins that will build up our immunity. also reading other hubs and my brothers level1diet.com we all need to help each other be prepared...like you, I think there is way more to this than we are being told; we need to use our heads and be wise. thank you again!!
Marisue, I'm so sorry to hear that about your husband. I'm glad he came through it though and you are taking precautions. That must have been terrifying for both of you. ((((hugs))))
It was a very hard few days, but so much good was happening too as he had really good cardiologists on duty that saved his life and the aspirin we gave him at home did too....
my cat who had been ill for some time, died the same night. I was hit from all sides...and Lynn was pretty busy staying focused and doing what the drs said...god it was really hard the more I think about it!!!
Let's all take a deep breath people (covering your mouth of course).
The 24-hour news cycle will stay away from this of course... would cut their sensationalized panic party short.
http://www.latimes.com/features/health/ … 6923.story
Agreed! CNN did a report two days ago about how twitter has been a source of misinformation regarding the swine flu. Please, please, look at official health and news sites and do not believe everything your read on twitter. I think we should all be concerned as with many other things, but the hoopla around this swine flue has become a three ring circus.
Here is some information about it too and it is from a Medical site. It also has more information about any medicl thing in the news and not.
http://articles.mercola.com/sites/artic … e-Flu.aspx
It is media generated. We should all be concerned more with the influence the media has on our society. It's scary.
Often these stories are blown out of proportion by people twittering and retwittering. If you read sites like the BBC you can get the more accurate of information though, so try that.
And on CNN's Website now they report that confirmed worldwide cases have "JUMPED" to 236. Amazing. Absolutely amazing.
It's worse for people with chronic illnesses too. They will feel the effects worse. pandemics isn't anything to take lightly. Thank you Dorsi.
It was once said that we would have a black president when "pigs fly." 100 days into office and swine flu!
Dorsi posted:..."new strain which has 4 parts- avian,swine,human and asian. A new and not seen before mix"... Doesn't this tell us something? To my mind it means it was deliberately created because how else would all that genetic material get mixed together? Surely swine flus may evolve into other strains of swine flu and avian flus into avian types and human into human but a mix of pig, bird and human sounds like bioengineering Frankenscience to me!
As for the media this is surely the usual way of creating panic and fear! I am far more concerned about these apsects than the supposed threat or spread of the virus!
No, it's common, that's what flu does and how flu pandemics come about. Spanish flu was similar.
1918 Flu Pandemic
"An effort to recreate the 1918 flu strain (a subtype of avian strain H1N1) was a collaboration among the Armed Forces Institute of Pathology, Southeast Poultry Research Laboratory and Mount Sinai School of Medicine in New York; the effort resulted in the announcement (on October 5, 2005) that the group had successfully determined the virus's genetic sequence, using historic tissue samples recovered by pathologist Johan Hultin from a female flu victim buried in the Alaskan permafrost and samples preserved from American soldiers"
And then in 2007, monkeys were infected with a recreated strain, which displayed classic symptoms of the 1918 virus. They died.
In 2008, the body of a 1918 flu victim was exhumed to study the RNA of the virus.
Call me crazy but this pandemic sounds like Frankenscience to me, too!
I have it on good authority that THIS is how Swine Flu crossed over into the human species
Hi everyone. I just wanted to check in. I'm using my sis-in-laws computer because when I got up this morning and turned on my laptop I had the dreaded blue screen of death. My puter is now in the shop. Probably hard drive failure. I am glad to see people making preps and taking notice, this flu is traveling fast. The thing I worry more about then the first wave is if this thing mutates and becomes more dangerous.
I hope all of you take care and get your supplies in order.
And here is my hub that I wrote a few days ago about the swine flu. Hal also has some great hubs too.
http://hubpages.com/_HubLink/hub/Advice … -Swine-Flu
Dorsi - seriously it is looking like its less of an issue than your average flu bug... This from the Ausralian public broadcaster http://www.abc.net.au/news/stories/2009 … 557709.htm the original death toll in Mexico was way overstated
According to the WHO a new virus will show up in the southern hemisphere winter before its an issue in the northern hemisphere http://www.abc.net.au/news/stories/2009 … ion=justin cilck the video WHO Winter Flu Warning
Why in the world are containers of swine flu being transported on passenger trains?
http://uk.news.yahoo.com/22/20090428/tw … cf3b4.html
Sorry, but I'm really starting to believe they're predicting a global pandemic because a global pandemic is being generated right before our eyes.
From the article above, "The virus specialists confirmed that the samples being transported posed no risks to humans, police said." Riiiiiiiiiiiiiiight. Watch the numbers soar in Switzerland now.
well I presume you'd be in line for a cure if one was developed - how the hell do you think a cure is tested without the virus its supposed to kill! Get off the conspiracy bandwagon!
The point I was trying to make was that swine flu was being transported on a passenger train. A PASSENGER TRAIN. You know, with people on it? Commuting back and forth to work?
Wouldn't you be outraged and just a tad concerned if a person was transporting swine flu in a container on a Transperth train while your friends and family were commuting?
Waiting in line for a cure? No thanks. I already have a relative that was paralyzed from the swine flu shot of 1976.
I am with you on this, futonfraggle! I don't want their cures or vaccines or drugs. I will stick with colloidal silver and MMS.
When I lived in South Bend my house was two blocks from railroad tracks over which there was a daily transport of nuclear waste headed for a storage facility out west. Every so often the whole city would freak out about it, then it would be forgotten for awhile, then it would go away... That has nothing to do with this except to say that the crazy ass stuff that happens every day that is insanely dangerous would pop your head off if you were aware of all of it. Swine flu transported on a passenger train shocks me not one whit. I'm surprised they didn't have some 12 year old carry it on a bicycle in paper sack.
I guess it's one of those out of sight out of mind things. Sometimes it's better not knowing (maybe not for our health, but at least for our sanity). I just found that article so disturbing. Like, who approved that decision? Yikes! We live in a crazy world with all kinds of scary stuff going on. I know there shouldn't be any shock value left but I'm always amazed...
Well there is all number of reasons to prefer a Swiss rail train long distance train rather than a local commuter train - but I don't think that's the point.
The virus would have been in someone's luggage - its how you transport delicate medical samples. It was stated in the news report that the material was harmless to humans it was not the mutated form http://www.spiegel.de/international/zei … 98,00.html
Viruses mutate and change very easily. That's why they have to change the vaccine every year to keep up. You don't really need any exotic explanations, this is just something that happens naturally.
Well I'm trying to sift through some very strange information today. The forum I usually frequent that has been flooded with swine flu info suddenly looks devoid of threads. I have also heard there is some some pc virus affecting computers when people try to find swine flu info. Wierd.
Something smells very fishy here, either it's not that bad or it's real bad and they don't want us to panic.
Yesterday when I picked up my meds though at the pharmacy all the employees had masks. The owner of the pharmacy (he owns several) is a personal friend of mine. He would never ask his employees to wear masks unless he felt there was a very good reason.
Something very weird here, and I just can't get my finger on it yet.
Lita Sorensen mentioned the same thing on another thread. She said that initially there were reports of four medications for treating it, then two--that the info keeps changing.
What is clear is that the level of public trust in all of this is very low. I just listened to Science Friday on NPR and it was about this flu. Here's a link to their Info page:
http://www.npr.org/templates/topics/top … picId=1007
People in the med field dealing with people who have swine flu have to implement protective measures for themselves too. Its not strange.
What's weird are all the inconsistencies that I see. No border closures.No hard and fast rules. Yesterday at the doctors office nurses were worried but the doctor was pretty nonchalant. This particular office is filled with people that have come from Mexico. Why no precautions there if there is a supposed public health emergency declared in Cali? Perhaps they just don't know. All I do know though is I'm going out to get more supplies today. Better safe than sorry.
I too have been monitoring this very closely and feel doing the things that will reduce your odds of contracting this flu or any other (washing hands etc) is wise and should be done regardless of the situation.
Just to clarify the post above: 13 confirmed cases in California and 50 in New York.
Goodness Gracious People
Get a grip. You don't want to creat panic by writing a post that is about panic. Stop acting like sheep (sheeple). If anyone has half a brain they are already prepared with bottled water, food and such things. This is just being smart all of the time. There is nothing else you can do. I sometimes wonder if we love to be scared (love of horror movies) or what. This "the sky is falling in" attitude gets no one anywhere, except to bring up your stress level and, in turn, lower your ability to stave off disease. It's not negative to say that we are all going to die sometime. When it is your time, it will happen (period).
I realize the fear some have and I work in ER , we take the precautionary steps, however I also believe the media is causing stress amongst the masses. It isn't anything that should be taken lightly, but at the same time we do not need the entire United States to go into panic mode. Here is my recommendation: Wash your hands, wipe the carts that you use in the grocery store. Use antibacterial soap and bleach if you can, stay at home if you are ill(period). Listen to what the media is saying regarding those (things to do) If we in the health field begin to panic and some have, then it gets worse. Personally I am remaining calm, as sick people need us and as for my household it is constant handwashing and in my sons backpack is anti-bacterial soap. We may not be able to prevent it, but we certainly can take precautions with out panic as we have enough stress in this world and adding another issue only makes it worse.
Dorsi however was right for bringing it to the attention of others as some do not keep up with the news, and those are the people who normally are not taking the extra measures to prevent the illness.
Swine Flu news and information; here:
Just an update- stuff you won't hear in the MSM. My reporter friend is in Mexico City, I saw some good footage of Federal Police ammasing today preparing to deal with supposed riots about the flu.
As far as I see in the MSM the flu is being downplayed so we'll see what the locals have to say. No better truth than straight from the horses mouth.
I'm not looking for a conspiracy here but I also don't trust the MSM reports that seem to be flip flopping back and forth.
Just my 2 cents.
Here is his latest report:
and real pandemic statistics and maps: shows confirmed cases, suspected cases, deaths and spread. Good link to bookmark:
Thanks for the information Dorsi. Now I'm really puzzled. If China only has 13 suspected and 1 confirmed, why are there 300 people in quarantine? Weird.
One of the reasons this is a pandemic is because of how easily it is spreading. Sources tell me phase 6 will be declared probably Monday because of the latest confirmed cases in Spain. (people to people)
Phase 6 is the highest alert level. Let's hope this flu doesn't mutate.
Phase 6 would give government lots of reasons to implement certain things up to and including martial law (not saying that will happen but it opens the door for that possibility)
Latest update today is confirmed transmission from a human to a pig in Canada. So it can transfer from human to mammal, and possibly mutate. Question is because it has part avian flu in it can it be given to birds too?
I believe the mutation aspect is what has the CDC and WHO so concerned.
I heard about the case in Alberta, Canada this morning. Crazy stuff...
I was wondering the same thing about birds, too. If 'Influenza Virus A' can be transfered through humans, birds and mammals, and this virus is A/H1N1, is it safe to assume birds can become carriers, too?
Just wanted to add - 200 pigs are infected with it in Canada. I didn't realize the number was that high.
I guess that makes sense - if it can from pigs to humans than the other way around makes sense. Meanwhile in the weird and wacky level:
1) Egypt is slaughtering all pigs - even though they don't have any cases there - guess as Muslims they dont like them very much and
Hi everybody just checking in from the library. My laptop is in the shop. I heard that Mexico is loosening restrictions yet doing house searches for the flu. I think they must be panicking more over the loss of their economy than the flu right now. Meanwhile, in some other countries with sick people quarantines are being put in place. Cases worldwide are growing which was to be expected with a highly contagious virus.
Dorsi, just down the road from us in Tampa, 3 cases and 3 school closings...we're not panicking, but using lots of precautions like disinfectants and hand cleaning, covering our mouths when we cough, and not going out much. No guarantees for any of us tho....just caution.
What a waste of life and another shot at making another species extinct--by mankind.
It looks like the first wave of this flu is not as deadly as it could have been. Although there have been deaths and it is spreading, it seems to not be causing really severe illness. The concern will be down the line if this thing mutates, and that is really just a wait and see. If I hear anything newsworthy I'll post it here.
In the meantime,we should all have emergency and first aid kits anyway, and stocking up sure doesn't hurt!
Good article here from ScienceNOW:
As Swine Flu Spreads, Its Chances to Mutate Increase
By Dennis Normile
ScienceNOW Daily News
29 April 2009
In particular, he says he is concerned that this patched-together virus might not be stable and could easily reassort with other viruses encountered in a human or animal host. The virus has now spread to Asia, where the H5N1 virus is circulating. Shortridge says there are strains of human H1N1 in circulation in many areas that are resistant to Tamiflu, the drug of choice for treating the disease in humans. He speculates that swapping one or more genes among these viruses could result in a virus that is more pathogenic or more easily passed from person to person or both.
It's causing a lot of disruption in London - 5 schools now shut, for example.
IRONY AT IT’S BEST
90 people get the Swine Flu and everybody wants to wear a mask.
A million people have AIDS and no one wants to wear a condom.
That, Cindy, was absolute class. Utterly brilliant!
And unfortunately very true.
OMG you are sooooo right Cindy...its amazing isn't it. The stupidity of some just for the fast thrills of sex
I read an interesting article about the 1918 flu. Supposedly, that spring there was a mild form of the flu; then it came back with a vengeance.
I guess it is just best to be prepared and practice good hygiene.
For all of you who are concerned about the spread of swine flu, I was able to find face (dust) masks at Home Depot. Drug Fair, Shop Rite& CVS were all sold out. Then it dawned on me to call a hardware store, since these masks are often used when wood working, and sure enough, right there in aisle 7 of my HD, in the paint section, were all types of masks.
I bought some basic ones, and then a couple that allow for venting, which keeps one cooler, they say. While I don't tend to panic in these circumstances, I am a planner. So, IF I would need one of these, and any one of my friends or family need masks too, I have a supply. Presuming we all escape this viral strain, I'll use them while sanding my next project, or simply return them.
I would advise calling any store you are intending to purchase masks from, as many are sold out, and you surely don't want to be wasting your two most valuable assets--time and health on dry runs. So, do your homework, and be prepared yet continue to live your lives.
Good luck and great health to all of you!
Swine flu is real and scary too!. We had a suspected case in Mossel Bay about 8 days ago. I was holidaying in the district and developed a bad cold (still got it). But one starts to wonder. Did they travel to George (the entry point of that area) in the same plane as I did. Or were they in the airport bathroom at the same time as me? The permutations then start to get scary. Muliply the passengers by their contacts and start to figure out how widely and quickly this could spread. As it turns out, after a few days they tested negative and it turns out that they flew on a diffferent flight on a different day. So I guess I just have one of my first winter colds (In SA it is now the beginning of winter). Anyhow hold on to the thought! Cough Cough! I don't think I met any Mexicans.
Hi Sixtyorso, take that vitamin c, and calcium, magnesium, zinc... and cimetidine found in tagamet...
the cimetidine will fight viruses...anyway, you had a close call sounds like...and I hope you are well soon
) I rarely get viruses, but I do think this is going to be something to contend with as it "mutates."
Caution, not going out into big crowds and keeping disinfectants handy, yet even using them with caution because they kill the good germs too. Sigh, no guarantees, huh?
Hi everyone. The WHO is predicting a very large amount of the global population to get the swine flu. That is the nature of a pandemic, and the way that is spreads. We just need to be prepared and understand that this will probably not go away any time soon. In fact it could get worse and mutate into a worse flu. Please make sure you prepare. And if you end up with extra supplies well that's a good thing. Better safe than sorry.
I've been sick for a week now,sneaking suspicion it's the swine flu. Very sore throat, hacking cough, dizzy as heck,fever on and off, body aches, stomach upset. The whole ball of wax. Not normal to have flu in June!
Swine flu is possibly going to level 6 pandemic today:
WHO Convenes Emergency Meeting Today at 2 pm Today
GENEVA (AFP) — The World Health Organisation will on Friday consult its emergency flu committee of experts on whether the agency should declare a fully-fledged pandemic, a spokeswoman said.
"The emergency committee has been convened today from 2 to 3 pm," said Fadela Chaib, adding that the agenda of the committee, would be on the "severity of H1N1 and also to review international health-related measures."
The total number of swine flu cases has soared to 21,939 and the WHO has so far held back from declaring a full-fledged swine flu pandemic after raising its six-grade alert level to five at the end of April, signalling that a pandemic was imminent.
[link to www.google.com]
Creating panic is not a good thing to do.
Medical professionals don't usually share so much detail with ordinary people it is i think illegal to do so. Not the correct word, but not very ethic.
Undercover papparrazzi.cannot be believed.
I wrote about this subject on another Site, It was not in English and got alot more views than this one, so the panic is dying down I wrote it when Egypt was culling pigs, despite the fact there had been no cases.
Panic worse than pandemic.
WHO: Swine flu pandemic has begun, 1st in 41 years
Thursday, June 11, 2009; 10:32 AM
GENEVA -- The World Health Organization told its member nations it was declaring a swine flu pandemic Thursday - the first global flu epidemic in 41 years - as infections climbed in the United States, Europe, Australia, South America and elsewhere.
In a statement sent to member countries, WHO said it decided to raise the pandemic warning level from phase 5 to 6 - its highest alert - after holding an emergency meeting on swine flu with its experts.
The long-awaited pandemic decision is scientific confirmation that a new flu virus has emerged and is quickly circling the globe. It will trigger drugmakers to speed up production of a swine flu vaccine and prompt governments to devote more money toward efforts to contain the virus.
"At this early stage, the pandemic can be characterized globally as being moderate in severity," WHO said in the statement, urging nations not to close borders or restrict travel and trade. "(We) remain in close dialogue with influenza vaccine manufacturers."
On Wednesday, WHO said 74 countries had reported nearly 27,737 cases of swine flu, including 141 deaths.
The agency has stressed that most cases are mild and require no treatment, but the fear is that a rash of new infections could overwhelm hospitals and health authorities - especially in poorer countries.
Still, about half of the people who have died from swine flu were previously young and healthy - people who are not usually susceptible to flu.
Swine flu is also continuing to spread during the start of summer in the northern hemisphere. Normally, flu viruses disappear with warm weather, but swine flu is proving to be resilient.
The last pandemic - the Hong Kong flu of 1968 - killed about 1 million people. Ordinary flu kills about 250,000 to 500,000 people each year.
Many health experts say WHO's pandemic declaration could have come weeks earlier but the agency became bogged down by politics. In May, several countries urged WHO not to declare a pandemic, fearing it would cause social and economic turmoil.
"This is WHO finally catching up with the facts," said Michael Osterholm, a flu expert at the University of Minnesota who has advised the U.S. government on pandemic preparations.
Despite WHO's hopes, raising the epidemic alert to the highest level will almost certainly spark some panic about spread of swine flu.
Fear has already gripped Argentina, where thousands of people worried about swine flu flooded into hospitals this week, bringing emergency health services in the capital of Buenos Aires to the brink of collapse. Last month, a bus arriving in Argentina from Chile was stoned by people who thought a passenger on it had swine flu. Chile has the most swine flu cases in South America.
In Hong Kong on Thursday, the government ordered all kindergartens and primary schools closed for two weeks after a dozen students tested positive for swine flu - a move that some flu experts would consider an overreaction.
In the United States, where there have been more than 13,000 cases and at least 27 deaths from swine flu, officials at the U.S. Centers for Disease Control and Prevention said the move would not change how the U.S. tackled swine flu.
"Our actions in the past month have been as if there was a pandemic in this country," Glen Nowak, a CDC spokesman, said Thursday.
The U.S. government has already taken steps like increasing availability of flu-fighting medicines and authorizing $1 billion for the development of a new vaccine against the novel virus. In addition, new cases seem to be declining in many parts of the country, U.S. health officials say, as North America moves out of its traditional winter flu season.
Still, Osterholm said the declaration was a wake-up call for the world.
"I think a lot of people think we're done with swine flu, but you can't fall asleep at the wheel," he said. "We don't know what's going to happen in the next 6 to 12 months."
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by LondonGirl8 years ago
Goldacre's a great writer, on science and maths and stats. Here he writes about poor perception of risk many are showing:""Yeah, but you know, it could be like Sars and bird flu, they didn't materialise, they...
by Midnytefire8 years ago
Just curious to see how many people are really feeling the effects of the Swine Flu or is it all just to cause mass hysteria.
by Ron Montgomery8 years ago
The WHO, not the rock group, some health agency, has declared a swine flu pandemic. Just to be on the safe side, I would curtail all contact with barnyard animals of any type.
by mohamedhmm8 years ago
Swine Flu "The world's governments raced to avoid both a pandemic and global hysteria Sunday as more possible swine flu cases surfaced from Canada to New Zealand and the United States declared a public health...
by Mizzery Chick7 years ago
Here's my dilemma. My son's school is offering the swine flu vaccine in mist form for free. I have to sign a permission form before they will give it to him and I'm iffy on whether or not to let him have it. He's 5, by...
by Lgali8 years ago
I think may be 6 more month
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