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Saturday, May 2, 2009

Swine Flu

Ok, I know that this has either been declared an epidemic or is about to be (depends which website you visit). However, after doing some reading on this, I don't understand the alarm. From what I have research, this flu is just like getting the regular flu.
Symptoms include: nausea, vomiting, diarreah, fever, chills, fatigue, and abdominal pain. So what's the difference? Though I understand that some people have died from the swine flu, so have people died from pneumonia or respiratory infections.
My belief is that people panic too much when it comes to "new" illnesses. By "new", I refer to the fact that it's been around since the first case was reported in 1976. And by people, I mean the governments and scientist. They are the ones who start the uproars to begin with after all.
Some schools have even closed down due to swine flu. This I agree with, but they don't closed for head lice, chicken pox, or mumps. Are we overreacting to one disease, or not acting enough to other diseases?

1 comment:

CyberCelt said...

I was a school teacher. Schools are breeding grounds for any disease. The schools in Texas that they have closed have 3+ kids with the swine flu.

In this case, I think closing school is a good idea because the disease spreads from person to person and an epidemic in school could bring it home to the entire community.

There are some really funny videos on YouTube about Swine Flu. If you want a giggle, take a look.