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A person could develop a bad bad.. swine flu. [Apr. 27th, 2009|09:10 pm]
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So I'm sure you've all been blogging like crazy about the Swine Flu. It's been upgraded to phase 4, so it's actually looking like it very well may be a serious problem. Here's the stuff here:

http://www.cdc.gov/swineflu/swineflu_you.htm


I'm copying and pasting it too:

What is swine flu?
Swine Influenza (swine flu) is a respiratory disease of pigs caused by type A influenza viruses that causes regular outbreaks in pigs. People do not normally get swine flu, but human infections can and do happen. Swine flu viruses have been reported to spread from person-to-person, but in the past, this transmission was limited and not sustained beyond three people.
Are there human infections with swine flu in the U.S.?
In late March and early April 2009, cases of human infection with swine influenza A (H1N1) viruses were first reported in Southern California and near San Antonio, Texas. Other U.S. states have reported cases of swine flu infection in humans and cases have been reported internationally as well. An updated case count of confirmed swine flu infections in the United States is kept at http://www.cdc.gov/swineflu/investigation.htm CDC and local and state health agencies are working together to investigate this situation.
Is this swine flu virus contagious? 
CDC has determined that this swine influenza A (H1N1) virus is contagious and is spreading from human to human. However, at this time, it not known how easily the virus spreads between people.
What are the signs and symptoms of swine flu in people? 
The symptoms of swine flu in people are similar to the symptoms of regular human flu and include fever, cough, sore throat, body aches, headache, chills and fatigue. Some people have reported diarrhea and vomiting associated with swine flu. In the past, severe illness (pneumonia and respiratory failure) and deaths have been reported with swine flu infection in people. Like seasonal flu, swine flu may cause a worsening of underlying chronic medical conditions.
How does swine flu spread? 
Spread of this swine influenza A (H1N1) virus is thought to be happening in the same way that seasonal flu spreads. Flu viruses are spread mainly from person to person through coughing or sneezing of people with influenza. Sometimes people may become infected by touching something with flu viruses on it and then touching their mouth or nose.
How can someone with the flu infect someone else?
Infected people may be able to infect others beginning 1 day before symptoms develop and up to 7 or more days after becoming sick. That means that you may be able to pass on the flu to someone else before you know you are sick, as well as while you are sick.
What should I do to keep from getting the flu? 
First and most important: wash your hands. Try to stay in good general health. Get plenty of sleep, be physically active, manage your stress, drink plenty of fluids, and eat nutritious food. Try not touch surfaces that may be contaminated with the flu virus. Avoid close contact with people who are sick.
Are there medicines to treat swine flu?
Yes. CDC recommends the use of oseltamivir or zanamivir for the treatment and/or prevention of infection with these swine influenza viruses. Antiviral drugs are prescription medicines (pills, liquid or an inhaler) that fight against the flu by keeping flu viruses from reproducing in your body. If you get sick, antiviral drugs can make your illness milder and make you feel better faster. They may also prevent serious flu complications. For treatment, antiviral drugs work best if started soon after getting sick (within 2 days of symptoms).
How long can an infected person spread swine flu to others?
People with swine influenza virus infection should be considered potentially contagious as long as they are symptomatic and possible for up to 7 days following illness onset. Children, especially younger children, might potentially be contagious for longer periods.
What surfaces are most likely to be sources of contamination?
Germs can be spread when a person touches something that is contaminated with germs and then touches his or her eyes, nose, or mouth. Droplets from a cough or sneeze of an infected person move through the air. Germs can be spread when a person touches respiratory droplets from another person on a surface like a desk and then touches their own eyes, mouth or nose before washing their hands.
How long can viruses live outside the body?
We know that some viruses and bacteria can live 2 hours or longer on surfaces like cafeteria tables, doorknobs, and desks. Frequent handwashing will help you reduce the chance of getting contamination from these common surfaces.
What can I do to protect myself from getting sick?
There is no vaccine available right now to protect against swine flu. There are everyday actions that can help prevent the spread of germs that cause respiratory illnesses like influenza. Take these everyday steps to protect your health:
• Cover your nose and mouth with a tissue when you cough or sneeze. Throw the tissue in the trash after you use it.
• Wash your hands often with soap and water, especially after you cough or sneeze. Alcohol-based hand cleaners are also effective.
• Avoid touching your eyes, nose or mouth. Germs spread this way.
• Try to avoid close contact with sick people.
• If you get sick with influenza, CDC recommends that you stay home from work or school and limit contact with others to keep from infecting them.
What is the best way to keep from spreading the virus through coughing or sneezing?
If you are sick, limit your contact with other people as much as possible. Do not go to work or school if ill. Cover your mouth and nose with a tissue when coughing or sneezing. It may prevent those around you from getting sick. Put your used tissue in the waste basket. Cover your cough or sneeze if you do not have a tissue. Then, clean your hands, and do so every time you cough or sneeze.

What is the best way to keep from spreading the virus through coughing or sneezing?
If you are sick, limit your contact with other people as much as possible. Do not go to work or school if ill. Cover your mouth and nose with a tissue when coughing or sneezing. It may prevent those around you from getting sick. Put your used tissue in the waste basket. Cover your cough or sneeze if you do not have a tissue. Then, clean your hands, and do so every time you cough or sneeze.
What is the best technique for washing my hands to avoid getting the flu?
Washing your hands often will help protect you from germs. Wash with soap and water. or clean with alcohol-based hand cleaner. we recommend that when you wash your hands -- with soap and warm water -- that you wash for 15 to 20 seconds. When soap and water are not available, alcohol-based disposable hand wipes or gel sanitizers may be used. You can find them in most supermarkets and drugstores. If using gel, rub your hands until the gel is dry. The gel doesn't need water to work; the alcohol in it kills the germs on your hands.
What should I do if I get sick?
If you live in areas where swine influenza cases have been identified and become ill with influenza-like symptoms, including fever, body aches, runny nose, sore throat, nausea, or vomiting or diarrhea, you may want to contact their health care provider, particularly if you are worried about your symptoms. Your health care provider will determine whether influenza testing or treatment is needed.
If you are sick, you should stay home and avoid contact with other people as much as possible to keep from spreading your illness to others.
If you become ill and experience any of the following warning signs, seek emergency medical care.
In children emergency warning signs that need urgent medical attention include:
• Fast breathing or trouble breathing
• Bluish skin color
• Not drinking enough fluids
• Not waking up or not interacting
• Being so irritable that the child does not want to be held
• Flu-like symptoms improve but then return with fever and worse cough
• Fever with a rash
In adults, emergency warning signs that need urgent medical attention include:
• Difficulty breathing or shortness of breath
• Pain or pressure in the chest or abdomen
• Sudden dizziness
• Confusion
• Severe or persistent vomiting

How serious is swine flu infection?
Like seasonal flu, swine flu in humans can vary in severity from mild to severe. Between 2005 until January 2009, 12 human cases of swine flu were detected in the U.S. with no deaths occurring. However, swine flu infection can be serious. In September 1988, a previously healthy 32-year-old pregnant woman in Wisconsin was hospitalized for pneumonia after being infected with swine flu and died 8 days later. A swine flu outbreak in Fort Dix, New Jersey occurred in 1976 that caused more than 200 cases with serious illness in several people and one death.
Can I get swine influenza from eating or preparing pork?
No. Swine influenza viruses are not spread by food. You cannot get swine influenza from eating pork or pork products. Eating properly handled and cooked pork products is safe.




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I know, it's a lot, but I'd rather you all know the facts then freak out or get sick. :) Love you, mean it!
http://glumbert.com/media/fashion

And here, fashion for the year 2000 as envisioned earlier in the century. Some interesting ideas.

Now I'm going ot nurse this headache from hell and try not to focus on the fact that I have like half the symptoms of the swine flu listed above. Aweome. Stay healthy. Wash your hands.
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Comments:
From: christinaathena
2009-04-28 03:02 am (UTC)
http://scienceblogs.com/aetiology/ <--- That's a blog with a good ongoing coverage of this current outbreak.
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[User Picture]From: randomposting
2009-04-28 02:13 pm (UTC)
OOoh, thanks hon. Favorite placed!
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[User Picture]From: trish_punch
2009-04-28 04:02 am (UTC)
Bonus points for the Guys and Dolls reference. :)
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[User Picture]From: randomposting
2009-04-28 02:14 pm (UTC)
YAY! =) I was hoping someone would like that. haha
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[User Picture]From: skittish_derby
2009-04-28 04:39 am (UTC)
why in the world are they making a huge deal about this? my husband was reading an article about it, apparently dozens of people in Mexico died from the swine flu and almost no one has died from it in the U.S. he read to me the line about how the U.S. has NO IDEA why so many people in mexico were dying from it and no one here and now the U.S. is having a war on swine flu.. its an EPIDEMIC! :gasp:

more people die from the regular flu every year than the swine flu.

i say it is a publicity stunt... keep the fear going, it keeps us quiet.

eff that!

<3
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From: christinaathena
2009-04-28 05:49 am (UTC)
Well, there is a possibility that it might be serious. It's definitely something that we want the CDC, etc., to monitor. Influenza has, many times, become pandemic, most recently in 1918 when several million people were killed. It's highly probable that it will go pandemic again at some point. This current outbreak might have the capacity, but at present, not enough is known to determine one way or the other. The odds are against it going pandemic, but we can't rule it out yet.

However, the mass media is definitely overhyping it. And I fear that one day, a genuine influenza pandemic will break out, and no one will believe it until it's too late to contain.
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[User Picture]From: skittish_derby
2009-04-28 06:07 am (UTC)
we know a lot more than we used to about viruses and the flu than we did then. but sure, it could happen. with all the negative press about vaccines, it is very possible. autism would be the worst of it. it is possible and has been possible to wipe out a lot of diseases (like chicken pox) if every person gets vaccinated. but alas, stupid people like to help viruses by throwing pox parties... but i digress.

but sure, a new hybrid virus could mutate and wipe out millions of people and that super volcano under yellow stone could blow and then we would be dead. oh! and the next big earthquake in california is also due.

it is one thing to prepare, to be conscious of possible accidents, and be ready just in case. it is quite another to go overboard with fear. fear is a great tool for controlling people and getting people to submit.

it seems to me that the media hypes every little minor incident into catastrophic proportions, and even when it isn't catastrophic, they tie in something that is. war on everything!
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From: christinaathena
2009-04-28 06:11 am (UTC)
it is one thing to prepare, to be conscious of possible accidents, and be ready just in case. it is quite another to go overboard with fear. fear is a great tool for controlling people and getting people to submit.

it seems to me that the media hypes every little minor incident into catastrophic proportions, and even when it isn't catastrophic, they tie in something that is. war on everything!


*nods* It makes it very difficult to judge just how much of a concern something actually is. Fear sells. Tell people there's a horrible disaster, and they'll stay glued to their TV's, increasing ratings and thus ad revenue, or buy up more newspapers.

When the CDC or the WHO releases a statement saying that this is an epidemic (as opposed to simply having the capacity to become one), that's when I'll worry.
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[User Picture]From: randomposting
2009-04-28 02:19 pm (UTC)
I'm worried all ready, but when they do that.. then I'm going to be reeeeally worried.
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[User Picture]From: randomposting
2009-04-28 02:19 pm (UTC)
I'm with you about the "pox parties" ARGH. Seriously. All of this don't get your kid vaccinated stuff, where diseases that were basically extinct are coming back pisses me th f--- off.

And that's a good point. The media does hype everything but that's because fear sells. Still, I'm worried.
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[User Picture]From: randomposting
2009-04-28 02:16 pm (UTC)
That's a good point too. I don't know, I'm glad we're prepared though. I'm washing my hands like a crazy person. lol
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[User Picture]From: randomposting
2009-04-28 02:16 pm (UTC)
I don't know. Looking historically speaking this really might be a problem. I'm not going to mess around with it. I'd rather have people prepared with knowledge about it. With travel the way it is now, this sort of thing could get out of hand really fast. If enough people get it, our hospitals and clinics will be overwhelmed, and not everyone will get the proper care they need for this, and other diseases. Honestly, I think it could be really bad.
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[User Picture]From: harmonic_motion
2009-04-28 06:54 pm (UTC)
Wow, that swine flu sure sounds a lot like regular flu....
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[User Picture]From: randomposting
2009-04-30 09:19 am (UTC)
Yep. But now they're saying pandemic imminent. I got an email from Web MD with those words in it. Awwwwesome.
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[User Picture]From: marguerlucy
2009-04-29 06:36 pm (UTC)
i just started watching Heroes! I finished season 1, and am on queue at the library for season 2 (as a staff member, I MAY have switched myself to first in line in that queue...sorry?)

But on a diff note, a kid at my stepbro's high school is being tested after a Mexico spring break. YIKES! It would be nice for people not to have to die from something named after a pig. Not to mention for them not have to die period :(
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[User Picture]From: randomposting
2009-04-30 09:26 am (UTC)
DO IT! Get in front! =) You'll love it. I'm very upset about a happening from the other night but I'll have to wait awhile to talk to you about it. lol.

Who's your fave so far?

And yikes. Upgraded to phase 5 and WEB MD sent me an email saying pandemic imminent. Awesome.
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[User Picture]From: marguerlucy
2009-04-30 09:13 pm (UTC)
Hmmm.... I think Hiro is probably my favorite, because he's so sweet and funny and time control is one of the coolest superpowers to me. I'm in love with Mohinder because he's sexy. And I also like Matt, except when he was an abusive terrorist hunter in the future LOL.

Nicole's whole personalities thing was way confusing to me, but I've been spoiled as to her destiny (which is too bad because while I don't find her character special, I do love her son)
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[User Picture]From: randomposting
2009-07-07 05:18 pm (UTC)
Bummer that you got spoiled on it. :( I love Matt sooo much. And of course Sylar. lol
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