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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. It passes with apparent ease from human to human, an ability attributed to an as-yet unidentified mutation. 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.
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.