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Global Panic Over Swine Flu Pandemic

Updated on May 11, 2009

Swine Flu Pandemic?

The World Health Organization said that a swine flu pandemic was imminent, and they were right. But is the swine flu pandemic actually a pandemic? As far as infectious diseases go, these statistics make swine flu seem rather lame in comparison:

There's over 4,300 cases of swine flu worldwide. Does this sound like a cause for panic? Hardly.

So what's going on? Are people dropping like flies around the world and we're not being told or is this pandemic being utilized to alarm people. If so, why?

Egyptian farmers block roads to prevent government from slaughtering their pigs
Egyptian farmers block roads to prevent government from slaughtering their pigs

Swine Flu is Dangerous

Perhaps the most frightening thing about swine flu is the panic that it has caused.

Newspaper headlines are becoming more alarming each day. Conspiracy theories are flying. People are making poor decisions driven by panic.

The idea of a swine flu global pandemic appears to be more dangerous than the illness itself.

Today's headlines alone prove that the world has gone mad with swine flu panic-driven fear:

Egypt orders all pigs in country slaughtered over swine flu pandemic. Egyptian farmers block the streets to protect their farms and prevent Egyptian Health Ministry from slaughtering their swine. Egyptian government slaughters 300,000 pigs on April 29, 2009 to prevent spread of swine flu.

Canadian health officials allegedly blocked a Canadian woman from returning home from a vacation to Mexico. The 29-year-old woman, who was hospitalized in Mexico for severe asthma, was told there was a shortage of Intensive Care beds in the Ontario hospital she was to be air-lifted to. The dying woman's wish was to return to Canada. After five days, and several telephone calls to Canadian MPs, an ICU bed became available at Peterborough Regional Health Centre. The woman was finally able to return home, only to die several hours later.

Spammers are cashing in on swine flu frenzy, bombarding inboxes with scam e-mails selling everything from pills to cure swine flu to swine flu survival guides.

When the Goverment Plays Doctor

"The U.S. Food and Drug Administration signed emergency authorizations April 27, 2009 that will permit the CDC to use an unapproved lab test for swine flu and more dosing options than currently recommended for influenza treatments Tamiflu, sold by Swiss drugmaker Roche Holding AG, and Relenza, from Glaxo." -- Bloomberg.com

In a declassified White House memo from June 7, 1976, Chief of Staff Dick Cheney wrote:

"We've got serious problems in our swine flu immunization program. It's vitally important we not let this one slip through the cracks, and that we do whatever is necessary to achieve the best record possible."

Best record? The swine flu immunization fiasco of 1976 left 30 people dead and hundreds with a rare form of paralysis.

If You're Going to Panic, Panic Constructively

If you live in America, avoid uneccesary travel to Mexico City, and wash your hands regularly, you'll survive swine flu. Statistically, you have a better chance of hitting the state lottery than you do of getting swine flu.

If you want to worry about something, worry about the government's reasons to declare swine flu a pandemic. Remember, one person (a young, Mexican child) died on American soil. Not one American has died of swine flu in 2009.

On what basis is swine flu considered a pandemic? If it's so dangerous, why push drugs on Americans and leave the borders wide open? These are the things Americans should panic about.

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    • futonfraggle profile imageAUTHOR

      futonfraggle 

      9 years ago

      Oh, E Cigarette, I'm glad I'm not the only one that is puzzled over this swine flu frenzy.

      LOL@ when pigs fly.

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      E Cigarette 

      9 years ago

      Great article. I've been scratching my head for days wondering if this is the end of the world or just our sanity. BTW. I had to share

      They once said that a black man would be president when pigs fly . His first 100 days and *bam* swine flu!

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