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Swine Flu is not gonna kill you

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Apr. 28th, 2009 | 10:56 pm
mood: do not panic

a) "pandemic" just means it's everywhere, not that it's killing everyone. don't panic

b) there have been no deaths outside of Mexico, at this point

c) my tame scientist says that there are probably a lot of infected people in Mexico who have not reported symptoms, so even if there is a death rate of 0.01%, that's enough to explain those numbers

d) wash your hands, a lot. If you work with kids, make them wash their hands

e) some good sources of real information (inspired by linaelyn )
panic is silly
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Lotripper

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from: msilverstar
date: Apr. 30th, 2009 03:12 pm (UTC)
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Media LOVE sensational stories, and it drives me nuts. The only good thing is that the fuss gets funs for proper healthcare prepartions.

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tweedle_

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from: tweedle_
date: Apr. 29th, 2009 07:50 pm (UTC)
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Over here they said, 'It's flu for crying out loud! People get it all the time!' And, yes, wash your hands. Being in catering I'm a firm advocate of washing your hands properly and often.

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Lotripper

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from: msilverstar
date: Apr. 30th, 2009 03:12 pm (UTC)
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I'm too lazy to do it as much as I should, but am getting better.

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Lobelia the adverbial

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from: lobelia321
date: Apr. 29th, 2009 09:18 pm (UTC)
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A good answer to panic is not to listen or read or watch the news, I find. :-)

It is also a good answer to informedness but that's the price you pay. *g*

*goes off to find some pearls to cast*

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Lotripper

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from: msilverstar
date: Apr. 30th, 2009 03:13 pm (UTC)
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There are responsible news providers and then there are tabloids in many media. BBC is pretty good at being responsible.

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Feel For Faith

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from: feelforfaith
date: Apr. 30th, 2009 01:09 am (UTC)
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I was surprised that when I asked the kid again today if his teacher reminded them about washing their hands, he said no, nobody said anything at school.

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Lotripper

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from: msilverstar
date: Apr. 30th, 2009 03:15 pm (UTC)
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Yeah, I'm going to call the principal and ask if they could stress that more. We're close enough to Mexico that someone may have been there and not thought twice about it.

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