Originally Posted by fyvel
Was talking to my mom last night (she works as a nurse in a hospital in Canada) and she said any patients coming in with flu symptoms are to be isolated immediately and anyone treating them is to take appropriate precautions (ie use the masks, etc that they would use for something like SARS). It's good to know that they're taking things seriously, but it scares me.
thats comon sense stuff- good that they're doing it. they'd do the same thing for a measles or chickenpox or different flu strain outbreak if so many people weren't vaccinated already. we don't really want anything spreading around that incapacitiates people and has risks attached. i get why you're scared, i'd probably be scared too if i was high risk, and in a high risk location right now.
Originally Posted by unovegan
panicking only makes things worse. but, it's good to talk about it. helps allay fears. this strain is different than earlier strains though in that it's affecting healthy young people. That's worrisome. Also the fact that it can mutate to survie.But, what happens happens.
It sounds like from reading that the stockpiled antivirals won't work on this strain. not that they're not already working hard to find one that will work.
Your points are good about our systems. But like i stated earlier, i really hope this doesn't spread to 3rd world and developing countries. that could be very bad news indeed. at least it'll teach us to be more hygienic, right?
i think talking can
help, but i think a lot of scaremongering goes on too, and that doesnt help one bit - with too much media hysteria some people start doing stupid things like rioting over toilet paper, or shooting their neighbours cos they so much as sniffled near them.
if you read up on the 1918 flu pandemic (which was known as 'spanish flu') that took out a huge
amount of young adults. and all viruses mutate. viruses have been around since before people- they do their rounds, wipe out a few people (or a whole whack of them) then disapear again for a bit, and lay low, before coming back later. its just how it goes.
this is just the latest in a long line of things that'll scare everyone for a few weeks or months, but probably not affect most of us immensely, then we'll all forget about it, relax again, and then in a year or two it'll be on to freaking out about the next one.
this may or may not help: http://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/List_of_epidemics