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Message 888837 - Posted: 27 Apr 2009, 18:17:26 UTC

So, Swine Flu is Mexico, America, Canada, UK & Spain right now and appears to be spreading - as you might expect in a modern world with air transport and borders that are easy to cross.

Question is though, how bad is it really?

I am supposed to travel to America (from the UK) on Saturday and right now am starting to think that travel restrictions might come into play before I make it over.

The European Health Authority are recommending people don't travel unless they have to, but frankly, that won't get me a refund on my air fare, so I have to travel or lose my money and my holiday! Don't get me wrong, I still want to come over if my holiday can continue as planned...

Do you know anyone that has been affected? - If you do, where are you?
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Message 888839 - Posted: 27 Apr 2009, 18:24:57 UTC - in response to Message 888837.

So, Swine Flu is Mexico, America, Canada, UK & Spain right now and appears to be spreading - as you might expect in a modern world with air transport and borders that are easy to cross.

Question is though, how bad is it really?

I am supposed to travel to America (from the UK) on Saturday and right now am starting to think that travel restrictions might come into play before I make it over.

The European Health Authority are recommending people don't travel unless they have to, but frankly, that won't get me a refund on my air fare, so I have to travel or lose my money and my holiday! Don't get me wrong, I still want to come over if my holiday can continue as planned...

Do you know anyone that has been affected? - If you do, where are you?


Hi Andy,

Here's a link to the N.Y Times. It might help you in your decision. If it were I, I'd go through with my plans. Just continue the precautionary measurements that the governments are issuing. If someone is gonna get it, does it matter where you are?
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Message 888850 - Posted: 27 Apr 2009, 18:53:33 UTC - in response to Message 888837.
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So, Swine Flu is Mexico, America, Canada, UK & Spain right now and appears to be spreading - as you might expect in a modern world with air transport and borders that are easy to cross.

Question is though, how bad is it really?

I am supposed to travel to America (from the UK) on Saturday and right now am starting to think that travel restrictions might come into play before I make it over.

The European Health Authority are recommending people don't travel unless they have to, but frankly, that won't get me a refund on my air fare, so I have to travel or lose my money and my holiday! Don't get me wrong, I still want to come over if my holiday can continue as planned...

Do you know anyone that has been affected? - If you do, where are you?

No one I know of out here has It, But then there are so few that do have It in the US, As opposed to how big a country the US is, Besides It's described as Mild in the US and I remember the swine flu being mentioned in the 70's and I never got that, Nor did anyone that I know of, Family or not. So It's mostly hype right now, Washing hands and what not isn't hype though as It can be passed from person to person and It can live on inanimate matter I've heard on the News(but not inanimate-antimatter I'd think;)). And when one sneezes, Cover Your mouth like was said at one time.

Also all the deaths(149 so far) are only in Mexico, I mean there are only 40 cases in the USA, 28 in NY state(at a high school), 7 in CA, 5 unspecified and that's hardly anything, So I wouldn't worry too much, The odds of getting the swine flu, To Me are rather low I'd think.
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Message 888855 - Posted: 27 Apr 2009, 19:06:33 UTC

supposedly there are only 40 cases in the US. the problem and hype about this virus is that its the N1H1 variety of the influenza virus. this is a very nasty virus. This is the reason behind the hype. It would have been better for newsies to actually explain why this was important than just saying it was.
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Message 888857 - Posted: 27 Apr 2009, 19:09:52 UTC - in response to Message 888850.

So I wouldn't worry too much, The odds of getting the swine flu, To Me are rather low I'd think.


Like I said in my original post, I'm not worried. I am more concerned about having my travel plans blocked! From reading the various news sites, it seems to me that the British media are making far more of this than the US media.
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Message 888862 - Posted: 27 Apr 2009, 19:33:14 UTC - in response to Message 888857.

So I wouldn't worry too much, The odds of getting the swine flu, To Me are rather low I'd think.


Like I said in my original post, I'm not worried. I am more concerned about having my travel plans blocked! From reading the various news sites, it seems to me that the British media are making far more of this than the US media.

Typical, If isn't the Royals on the tabloid covers over in the UK, It's the swine flu, I wonder what's next. :D
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Message 888866 - Posted: 27 Apr 2009, 19:40:49 UTC - in response to Message 888862.


Typical, If isn't the Royals on the tabloid covers over in the UK, It's the swine flu, I wonder what's next. :D


I think the swine flu is just a media diversion for Gordon Brown as he's sick of reading how he has wrecked the UK economy and the MPs expenses scandal ;)
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Message 888868 - Posted: 27 Apr 2009, 19:46:54 UTC

Oh and there are 2 case of the swine flu in of all places, egads, Scotland! Eek! ;)

Swine flu hits 40 in U.S.


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Message 888870 - Posted: 27 Apr 2009, 19:49:44 UTC

7 confirmed cases in San Diego already, 40 confirmed cases of swine flu in the United States . Health officials will start "monitoring" for it at the border; whatever that means.
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Message 888885 - Posted: 27 Apr 2009, 20:14:16 UTC - in response to Message 888866.


Typical, If isn't the Royals on the tabloid covers over in the UK, It's the swine flu, I wonder what's next. :D


I think the swine flu is just a media diversion for Gordon Brown as he's sick of reading how he has wrecked the UK economy and the MPs expenses scandal ;)


In the world of journalism, that makes PERFECT, IF NOT CONVOLUTED sense!

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Message 888904 - Posted: 27 Apr 2009, 20:53:43 UTC - in response to Message 888885.
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Typical, If isn't the Royals on the tabloid covers over in the UK, It's the swine flu, I wonder what's next. :D


I think the swine flu is just a media diversion for Gordon Brown as he's sick of reading how he has wrecked the UK economy and the MPs expenses scandal ;)


In the world of journalism, that makes PERFECT, IF NOT CONVOLUTED sense!

Well then It's TIME for a news story on this issue.
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Message 888916 - Posted: 27 Apr 2009, 22:00:29 UTC

40 known cases in a population of 305 million plus. Wow a real epidemic, break out the masks and every body stay inside until the danger is past.

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Message 888932 - Posted: 27 Apr 2009, 22:48:48 UTC - in response to Message 888916.

40 known cases in a population of 305 million plus. Wow a real epidemic, break out the masks and every body stay inside until the danger is past.

The problem is in Mexico. 200 deaths, and climbing, out of 16,000, and climbing, known cases out of a population of 180 million.

If you are traveling anywhere else in the world, you should not be worried unless things get substantially worse.
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Message 888936 - Posted: 27 Apr 2009, 22:56:02 UTC

4 cases down under now too. The 4 had been in Cancun during spring break, same area most of the US cases seem to have gotten it from. World wide this flu is currently only affection people in the 20-40 year old range. In the US it seems to be limited to college students who were in Cancun for spring break. So the answer is stay away from college students.
I personally am not worried at the present time. It does have the potential of being really bad, but it's far from it now.

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Message 888939 - Posted: 27 Apr 2009, 22:57:35 UTC - in response to Message 888936.

4 cases down under now too. The 4 had been in Cancun during spring break, same area most of the US cases seem to have gotten it from. World wide this flu is currently only affection people in the 20-40 year old range. In the US it seems to be limited to college students who were in Cancun for spring break. So the answer is stay away from college students.
I personally am not worried at the present time. It does have the potential of being really bad, but it's far from it now.

There are also 23 in New Zealand that actuired it in Mexico when on a language imersion.
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Message 888943 - Posted: 27 Apr 2009, 23:04:38 UTC

First it was Montezuma's Revenge and now this. :o) LOL

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Message 888969 - Posted: 27 Apr 2009, 23:45:50 UTC - in response to Message 888943.

First it was Montezuma's Revenge and now this. :o) LOL

Montezumas revenge still happens.
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Message 888972 - Posted: 27 Apr 2009, 23:53:16 UTC - in response to Message 888969.

First it was Montezuma's Revenge and now this. :o) LOL

Montezumas revenge still happens.


I know. And when I was in Mexico, I was lucky enough not to get it.

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Message 888975 - Posted: 27 Apr 2009, 23:58:40 UTC


Don't take it too easy..

AFAIK, you can get it from humans now like a 'normally' influenza..

Stay at home and enjoy your holidays in healty environment. :-)

Make BBQ and enjoy the sun at your terrace or in garden.

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Message 889010 - Posted: 28 Apr 2009, 1:37:43 UTC

The media will hype it up as much as they did SARS. Watch for the Darth Vader masks to come out soon.
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