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keep_it_real Donating Member (1000+ posts) Send PM | Profile | Ignore Sun Apr-26-09 04:39 PM
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Are you concerned that swine flu may spread to your community?
Are you concerned that swine flu may spread to your community?
Yes 56% 24287
No 44% 18810
Total Votes: 43097

http://www.cnn.com/
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aquart Donating Member (1000+ posts) Send PM | Profile | Ignore Sun Apr-26-09 04:39 PM
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1. Already has.
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Danger Mouse Donating Member (1000+ posts) Send PM | Profile | Ignore Sun Apr-26-09 04:40 PM
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2. I'm starting to worry more about the panic this could cause than the disease itself.
If the virus becomes epidemic, there could be a lot of heightened xenophobia...
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madrchsod Donating Member (1000+ posts) Send PM | Profile | Ignore Sun Apr-26-09 04:41 PM
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3. nope..we started building check points yesterday
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NeedleCast Donating Member (1000+ posts) Send PM | Profile | Ignore Sun Apr-26-09 04:41 PM
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4. People are Stupid
CNN confirms this regularly.
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depakid Donating Member (1000+ posts) Send PM | Profile | Ignore Sun Apr-26-09 04:43 PM
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6. LOL. CNN encourages it daily.
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NeedleCast Donating Member (1000+ posts) Send PM | Profile | Ignore Sun Apr-26-09 04:54 PM
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20. While Funny, it gives reason for concern about media induced panic
Shortly after 9/11, polls taken on several news sites showed a majority of Americans were worried or afraid of being killed in a terrorist related attack despite the chance that, worldwide, your chance of being killed in this manner is roughly one in 11.3 billion.
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depakid Donating Member (1000+ posts) Send PM | Profile | Ignore Sun Apr-26-09 05:26 PM
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28. No doubt- the American corporate media thrives on histrionics
and due to deregulation, there are few effective methods to hold them accountable for their behavior- no matter how egregious it might be.

Probably the single greatest problem in the states- and one that effects all other problems and solutions.
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Avalux Donating Member (1000+ posts) Send PM | Profile | Ignore Sun Apr-26-09 04:42 PM
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5. Already in my community -
18 miles away. I already discussed this with my kids and told them if there are suspected cases at their schools, they may be shut down and not be scared. Since I work in a clinic, have no idea what's going to happen tomorrow.

:hi:
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Control-Z Donating Member (1000+ posts) Send PM | Profile | Ignore Sun Apr-26-09 04:48 PM
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12. Does your area
Edited on Sun Apr-26-09 04:49 PM by Control-Z
get as much traffic as Cal? There is so much traffic at the So Cal border that I can't imagine it won't hit hard here, if anywhere. (that is, south counties, where I live)
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Avalux Donating Member (1000+ posts) Send PM | Profile | Ignore Sun Apr-26-09 04:51 PM
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15. I'm in San Antonio.
We had our annual Fiesta (huge city-wide party - kinda like mardi-gras) for the past 10 days. With all those crowds of people and visitors from Mexico, I am expecting we will see a lot cases.
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Control-Z Donating Member (1000+ posts) Send PM | Profile | Ignore Sun Apr-26-09 04:53 PM
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19. Ooh - that is not good.
Could the timing be any worse? Take good care of yourselves.
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Avalux Donating Member (1000+ posts) Send PM | Profile | Ignore Sun Apr-26-09 04:57 PM
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22. Uh-oh. Local news just now. 14 schools closed - more cases suspected.
Classes Canceled At SCUCISD This Week Due To Swine Flu
Extracurricular Activities Also Called Off

POSTED: Sunday, April 26, 2009
UPDATED: 4:33 pm CDT April 26, 2009
SAN ANTONIO -- The Texas Department of State Health Services on Sunday announced that all 14 schools and district facilities in the Schertz-Cibolo-Universal City Independent School District will be closed effective immediately after several more flu-like illnesses have been discovered in the department's ongoing swine flu investigation.

The closure will be in effect for at least a week.

The announcement comes one day after health officials announced the closure of Steele High School, where two students contracted the disease and a third case was pending.

All extracurricular activities also were cancelled.

http://www.ksat.com/health/19295627/detail.html#-
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Control-Z Donating Member (1000+ posts) Send PM | Profile | Ignore Sun Apr-26-09 06:11 PM
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35. Since I have kids,
I'd rather see the schools closed sooner than later - as soon as there is good reason.
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Control-Z Donating Member (1000+ posts) Send PM | Profile | Ignore Sun Apr-26-09 04:44 PM
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7. You forgot to tell us
how you voted.

I voted yes.

Yes 56% 24513
No 44% 19004
Total Votes: 43517

I'm very close to the border and would be a fool to not be concerned. I'm not panicked, but I am keeping watch, and I'm going to stock up on food and necessities today.
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Warpy Donating Member (1000+ posts) Send PM | Profile | Ignore Sun Apr-26-09 04:44 PM
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8. I'm in a border state
so I'd be shocked to find out it isn't here already.
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janx Donating Member (1000+ posts) Send PM | Profile | Ignore Sun Apr-26-09 05:38 PM
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31. Same here, Warpy.
:hi:

And coincidentally, I've been laid up with flu for the last three days. It's a bummer because this weekend has shown such beautiful weather.
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EFerrari Donating Member (1000+ posts) Send PM | Profile | Ignore Sun Apr-26-09 04:45 PM
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9. It will. I hope it's not too bad because I don't have a doctor
and will not go sit for 20 hours at the ER.
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HamdenRice Donating Member (1000+ posts) Send PM | Profile | Ignore Sun Apr-26-09 04:45 PM
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10. I'm in Queens, NYC where it has spread to a prep school, so yes I'm worried. nt
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FarCenter Donating Member (1000+ posts) Send PM | Profile | Ignore Sun Apr-26-09 04:47 PM
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11. Most major corporations have a "pandemic" plan from the SARS days
Typically, it calls for people to work at home, but in the most extreme cases critical employees (e.g. data center operations) are to go to work and stay there for the duration so that they are isolated from the population.

If any of these are activated by their "call out tree" systems, then it is time to worry, because the government has passed the word to major corporations to take action.
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Kittycat Donating Member (1000+ posts) Send PM | Profile | Ignore Sun Apr-26-09 04:49 PM
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13. I'm only concerned for my son, who...
has a weakened immune system, gets sick very easily, and suffers from seizures that are particularly bad when he has a fever. We've had two hospital stays in the past 1.5mo because of illnesses that included fevers. Both of them caused my son multiple seizures where he stopped breathing and needed resuscitation assistance/CPR.

I think a person of normal health, should be cautious (washing hands, etc), but not go crazy about it - and follow whatever steps necessary if flu-like symptoms present themselves (notify doctor and seek his advice, don't just rush off to the ER where you could infect other people with whatever you have, and burden their staff unnecessarily).
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Control-Z Donating Member (1000+ posts) Send PM | Profile | Ignore Sun Apr-26-09 04:52 PM
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16. I'll be keeping my
fingers crossed that your son is not exposed. I'm sorry to hear how he suffers when he's sick. That would be so frightening for a parent. Good luck to you and your family. Stay safe.
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readmoreoften Donating Member (1000+ posts) Send PM | Profile | Ignore Sun Apr-26-09 04:50 PM
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14. I'm in a city near confirmed cases in Texas. Yes. I'm concerned. /nt
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rurallib Donating Member (1000+ posts) Send PM | Profile | Ignore Sun Apr-26-09 04:52 PM
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17. I am in Iowa. We are worried shitless about catching the gays
That starts tomorrow. How could we possibly ever have time to worry about catching a killer flu?
There will be marriages falling apart all over the place around here tomorrow. In homes and schools, factories and offices. Carnage unlike any ever seen before.
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readmoreoften Donating Member (1000+ posts) Send PM | Profile | Ignore Sun Apr-26-09 05:21 PM
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24. Tell your fellow statesmen to be worried about people like me.
If gay Texans start coming to your state to marry, you will have a rare recombinant strain of teh gay mixed with a "mexican swine virus." Sounds like a Klan pamphlet in the making--I can see it now. :crazy:
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GentryDixon Donating Member (1000+ posts) Send PM | Profile | Ignore Sun Apr-26-09 04:52 PM
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18. My son and grandson flew to Denver yesterday for the Rockies game and
my husband is due back from North Carolina on Wednesday.

All the people they will or have been in contact with make me more than a bit nervous, as my immune system is suppressed.

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FarCenter Donating Member (1000+ posts) Send PM | Profile | Ignore Sun Apr-26-09 04:56 PM
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21. There are about 10 times more bacteria cells in you body than human cells
So you are already outnumbered.

http://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/Human_flora
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stray cat Donating Member (1000+ posts) Send PM | Profile | Ignore Sun Apr-26-09 05:27 PM
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29. Any of them Bacillus anthracis or Yersinia pestis? You need normal flora
to live but pathogens can kill you.
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newfie11 Donating Member (1000+ posts) Send PM | Profile | Ignore Sun Apr-26-09 05:18 PM
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23. No
I survived the 57 & 68 Flu. If it's coming so be it.
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Raine Donating Member (1000+ posts) Send PM | Profile | Ignore Sun Apr-26-09 05:22 PM
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25. No
I'm not worried, I'm in CA so I'm sure it will but I think the whole thing is overblown.
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Lucian Donating Member (1000+ posts) Send PM | Profile | Ignore Sun Apr-26-09 05:23 PM
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26. Hell no.
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stray cat Donating Member (1000+ posts) Send PM | Profile | Ignore Sun Apr-26-09 05:26 PM
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27. It almost certainly will and flu kills tens of thousands every year
Edited on Sun Apr-26-09 05:28 PM by stray cat
http://www.wrongdiagnosis.com/f/flu/deaths.htm

Flu and pneumonia kill 20,000 - 40,000 people per year - this outbreak this time of year without any protective vacccine will also likely spread and kill people. The idea like always is to stay on the right side of the percentages.
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Brazenly Liberal Donating Member (1000+ posts) Send PM | Profile | Ignore Sun Apr-26-09 05:31 PM
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30. Are you kidding? Peppercorn ranch dressing hasn't spread to this community yet.
Edited on Sun Apr-26-09 05:32 PM by Brazenly Liberal
On a positive note, when bell bottom pants came back, ours were still new.
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1776Forever Donating Member (1000+ posts) Send PM | Profile | Ignore Sun Apr-26-09 05:42 PM
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32. Swine flu spreads, Ohio case confirmed - Dayton Business Journal
Sunday, April 26, 2009, 1:26pm EDT | Modified: Sunday, April 26, 2009, 1:32pm
Swine flu spreads, Ohio case confirmed
Dayton Business Journal

http://www.bizjournals.com/dayton/stories/2009/04/20/daily95.html
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northernlights Donating Member (1000+ posts) Send PM | Profile | Ignore Sun Apr-26-09 05:44 PM
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33. no, I'm concerned it could spread to my chemistry partner
We are scheduled to produce and deliver a presentation in a week or so. She picked last week to vacation in Mexico. I'm not sure exactly when she's due back. Just hope she doesn't bring back anything with her...or leave me presenting by myself!
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pacalo Donating Member (1000+ posts) Send PM | Profile | Ignore Sun Apr-26-09 06:10 PM
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34. I'm glad I'm aware of it, I'm concerned about it generally, but I'm going to take
the same precautions I always do whenever I've been out & about, & go on with my life as usual.

I'm not one to fold under pressure or get into a panic mode, I have to say.
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