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So... pandemics are on-topic, given their mention in Friday... your predictions, please. H1N1: hysteria or apocalypse? (We can stipulate as to the amount of fearmongering and irrational comments as given; they're always present. The question is, now that we have surpassed 1000 deaths in the USA - and yes, I know the regular 'flu kills more - are we in for something unusual in the four horsemen department?)


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My son just ahd the swine flu. The doctor was utterly nonchalant about it. So, I vote hysteria.


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Here in Tulsa we have had one teen death already -- the day before his 16th birthday, no less. So the hysteria is on -- especially in the schools, where my husband and I work. My doctor tells me that half to two thirds of all the local high school football players have already had it.
I don't expect we will lose more people to this flu, just different people. Losing teens is more shocking than losing elderly relatives and neighbors you honestly didn't expect would make it through another winter, anyway. (Lots of elderly retirees in my neighborhood.)
We have been asked to stay home if we think we are sick, and most seem to be doing so.

I think we might have had two swine flu deaths last winter -- a healthy pregant woman in her twenties, and a teen -- that were unexplained at the time. Anyone else see any such possible forerunners, looking back?

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Hysteria.

Which is going to cost us when H5N1 sweeps through and the bodies start piling up.

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mmmm, i want some bacon! sorry.


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There is a large dollop of hysteria going around. One of the local school districts has been averaging three hundred students a day out with various forms of the flu. One good outcome of the hysteria has been the increase in people paying attention to symptoms and actually getting treatment or staying home and getting over the flu.

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Both my wife and our 21 year old daughter have had H1N1 within the past month. So far I, my son, and our other daughter have escaped. It's nasty, but the major symptoms seem to pass in about 4-5 days. The good thing is, they no longer have to worry about being vaccinated for it! :lol:

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