And now some good news to end the day. This afternoon, after the US Center for Disease raised the number of swine flu cases in America from 20 to 40, the World Health Organization (WHO) raised the pandemic threat level from three to four, out of six. Level four means the virus has been observed transferring from human host to human host without an animal intermediary, and is the final step before the WHO declares a pandemic underway.
Reuters reports that the US has begun growing a new vaccine to meet the threat, while Scientific American writes that recent moves by the Federal government now allow states to deploy 25 percent of their already stockpiled Tamiflu. Meanwhile,
Actually, on second thought, none of that was good news. See you tomorrow!
Lol. "See you tomorrow!"
maybe the end is coming early
istd of the new order in 2012 were ganna die of a pandemic
It's the flu. Most people don't get a flu shot every year, and they don't die when they get the flu. Unless you or a loved one is in a at-risk group there's not much to worry about. The vaccine doesn't prevent you from getting the flu either, just helps you cope with it a little better. Don't fire up the doomsday bunkers just yet.
Though I would agree with JimmyD in not freaking out just yet, what's frightening is that the people who are dying from this flu aren't just people with compromised or nascent immune systems (the immune suppressed, elderly and infant children) but rather people in their 20's, 30's and 40's who have strong immune systems. This bears a resemblance to pandemic flu outbreaks in the past, most notably the Spanish flu of 1918, where people essentially drown in their own fluids due to inflammation in their lungs caused by the virus. Granted, with what we have learned from the past, and with the antiviral medications we have now, I highly doubt we'll ever see anything like that again (with respect to numbers of deaths, that is). It's people in third world countries that might really be screwed if the virus is the real deal.
It's OK for people to be worried, precautions should and are being taken. I'm not stocking up on MRE's, batteries, and surgical masks just yet though.
Don't go for the bunker, go for the disease!
You can't out-wait the flu, it will come back with its new modified DNA every year forever. Go out and get it now, while medical facilities are still open and treating. You should be over it before it becomes a superpandemic.
Then, when the riots start at the hospitals that you have alraedy left, you can lock up in your bunker to wait out the chaos before rebuilding society.
i agree we should get the flu build up a resistence to the flu before the panice starts then go for the fallout bunkes with our machine guns