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wahine wrote:

And...the World Health Organization has just raised it to Level 5- Pandemic Imminent. The virus is evolving rapidly. Son of a B*tch! *wahine hides from flying pigs*

 

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We really have no idea how this flu is going to affect things/change things. I'm hopeful that they will come with a vaccine that offers some protectionsoon enough. I was starting to get all caught up in the newscasts but have to walk away. Sometimes it feels like fear mongering...

 

In any event hopefully it wont' be as bad as some people in the media are insinuating...

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Stella mama wrote:

We really have no idea how this flu is going to affect things/change things. I'm hopeful that they will come with a vaccine that offers some protection soon enough. I was starting to get all caught up in the newscasts but have to walk away. Sometimes it feels like fear mongering...

 

In any event hopefully it wont' be as bad as some people in the media are insinuating...

 

 

 

May I offer this article? The Economist is a highly highly credible, intelligent, politically neutral andnon-sensationalist publication for news and analysis on nearly anything of real importance. Typically read by the highly-educated, business and politicalclasses, it is a good barometer against which to order one's thinking about news and events.

http://www.economist.com/world/international/displayStory.cfm?story_id=13565479&source=features_box3

 

Global health

An unwelcome Mexican wave

Apr 28th 2009 | NEW YORK

From Economist.com

The World Health Organisation raises its alert level in response to the spread of swine influenza

AFP

THE football stadiums and cathedrals in Mexico City were empty this weekend for the first time in living memory. But these are not ordinary times for thenearly 20m chilangos who live in this sprawling metropolis. Mexican officials shut down all schools, banned large public gatherings and otherwise discouragedhuman interaction in order to control an emerging global viral scourge that by Tuesday April 28th had claimed perhaps 152 lives. As the threat spread to otherparts of the world, officials at the World Health Organisation (WHO) and at America's Centres for Disease Control (CDC) declared public-healthemergencies.

The culprit is an unusual new virus known as A/H1N1, which is a form of swine flu that has made its way from pigs intohumans. Mexican officials began to notice in late March that an unusually high number of patients were suffering from pneumonia and other respiratoryillnesses. After preliminary investigations, it was concluded this month that the cause is not seasonal influenza but rather an entirely new hybrid straincomposed of pig, bird and human viruses.

They raised the alarm after being flooded with cases that, at least on the surface, appear to be connected with thisvirus. Over 1,500 Mexicans have been afflicted with symptoms that may be the result of this new virus. But it is not confirmed whether the root cause of mostof these cases was A/H1N1 or commonplace strains of influenza. With help from WHO experts, local laboratories are furiously testing genetic samples to verifyhow many did indeed fall victim to this new virus.

Despite Mexican efforts at containment, five American states-California, Texas, Kansas, Ohio and New York-have confirmedmild cases of A/H1N1. At least 50 people have been reported as infected in the United States. Cases have also been reported in Spain, Britain, Israel, NewZealand and Canada. Canada was badly affected by the deadly SARS (severe acute respiratory syndrome) outbreak a few years ago.

In response, many countries are becoming more vigilant and increasing stocks of antiviral medicines. Some are makingnoises about banning North American pork, despite assurances from the WHO that eating cooked pork does not transmit swine flu. China and Russia are moving toquarantine visitors with suspicious symptoms. Asian airports have turned on their heat-sensing equipment to detect sick incoming passengers (kit that they hadinstalled after earlier scares resulting from outbreaks of avian flu and SARS). On Monday the WHO raised its pandemic threat warning level by a notch, from 3to 4 (on a scale of 6), saying that the flu is being spread by human-to-human transmission. It did not recommend the imposition of travel restrictions,suggesting that it is too late to prevent the spread of the virus. Some governments, including those of Britain and the United States, are discouragingnon-essential trips to Mexico.

It is too early to be sure that A/H1N1 is a dangerous pandemic in the making. Until all of the Mexican cases are properlyexamined, authorities cannot know whether patients suffering from flu-like symptoms actually got this new bug or merely some older, less worrisome one. Withoutthat information, it is also impossible to determine the new disease's virulence, fatality rates and so on. Officials are likely to make suchdeterminations in coming days, but until then how worried should the globally mobile punter be?

There is both bad news and good news. Unlike typical flus, which usually hit the old and weak, the young and healthyappear to be falling victim to this new disease. Because most people do not have regular contact with pigs, much of the world's population may lackimmunity against swine flu. Those two factors suggest a pandemic, if it happens, may spread easily. There is no vaccine to prevent the spread of A/H1N1, andeven if officials were to start work on one today it would take months to produce-by which time the virus may well have mutated.

On the positive side this virus is, at least for now, responding to common antiviral treatments such as Tamiflu. The WHOhas an emergency stockpile of 5m or so antiviral drugs, which it plans to make available for the hardest-hit countries. The United States has 50m treatments inits stockpile, and officials have just authorised the domestic release of a quarter of that hoard. Other countries also have their own stocks on hand.

Also encouraging is that all of the cases confirmed outside Mexico seem to be mild ones. Most of the suspected deaths inMexico appear to be the result of patients waiting until they were very sick before going to hospital. That suggests even if this virus becomes a pandemic, itneed not be a deadly one-early intervention may well quash the bug. That points to the most important reason for cheer, even in the midst of uncertainty.

The world is much better prepared today to handle a pandemic than it was just a few years ago. Thanks to the painfullessons learned by Hong Kong, Toronto and other global centres hit by earlier outbreaks, many countries now have emergency protocols in place and are morewary. Also the WHO's members have agreed on a sensible set of protocols for pandemic preparedness, sharing of genetic samples and other ways ofco-ordinating a global response. Thus far, the new system seem to be working well-but it will take some time to know whether it is good enough to cope withA/H1N1.

 

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surely its not just a u2 tour people will be affected.

 

thank god i have seating ticks so i wont touch anybody..............................

 

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MacFoley wrote:

surely its not just a u2 tour people will be affected.

 

thank god i have seating ticks so i wont touch anybody..............................

 

;)

I'll be packed in GA with thousands of other extremely sweaty people, so if anyone's going to catch it at a show, it could be me tongue.gif

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Laugh out loud!!!! Half the world is wondering if the Great Influenza is upon us, and a small little corner is wondering if the tour will be disrupted LOL! Youguys are hard core fans aren't you?? ;):)

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hahahaha the tour comes first!

of course it would! every event here is being cancelled,

what happens with the tickets and stuff is our biggest concern.

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One thing is true, they never mention on TV or any other media: "Remain calm"

Besides the federal laws aproved, the police can now track our phone calls and conversations,

they can also be "undercover" (Which means more corruption and kidnaping)

And the legalization of drugs such as marihuana, cocaina, opium...

Still they only talk about one thing for the entire news hour.

 

 

But it might as well be just a coincidence that all this happened while the swine flu started.

I guess the whole thing has been turned upside down: "Watch less TV"

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Pichu, I hope it gets better for you guys soon. They SHOULD be telling you to stay calm, because we all know panic doesn't do any good. I personally thinkthis will clear up and not be as bad as people would like to think, but hey, I'm just an optimist.

I was shocked when you said the gov't can track your calls, but then I remembered, I think our's can do that too...

And, I'm just being perfectly honest here...if anything were to happen with the tour, I would be so disappointed and cross the line into livid. Obviouslypeople's well being is the most important thing. But I would just be so pissed at whatever crap fate is working against us, haha.

And finally, I still don't think it will affect it at all. Every little thing is gonna be alright!

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You're right I'll remain optimist stop watching TV lol

our only concern will be the tour now, as it always should be!

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