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Swine Nonsense

What I want to know is how many of the people currently terrified about catching Swine Flu smoke?

I hate to break it to them, but smoking is a lot more likely to send you on your way to the afterlife than possibly catching flu (or any variety).

I'm always amazed by the mass hysteria over these things.

I remember when Bird Flu was the "in thing" to be worried about. One of my flatmates at the time was terrified she'd get it and die. The slightest cough set her nerves on end and imagination running wild. I pointed out two things to her. She smoked LOTS and drank LOTS. Either of those things could kill her (and were certainly a lot mroe likely to than bird flu) and she was actively doing them every day and not worrying about them. If she was really worried about dying she could quit smoking and cut down drinking and her life expectancy would probably increase.

Yes, flu is nasty and can kill. Yes they are stronger versions of it out there more likely to kill. But look at the facts of daily life and stop worrying about catching it. If you are worried about it look at the other things in your life much more likely to harm you that you can do something about. Like diet, exercise, stopping smoking/drinking/drugs, etc.


Apr. 30th, 2009 11:47 am (UTC)
Fair enough - blah pre-emptive panic nonsense - totally agree. But I'm thinking about it a lot, not from a 'oh god I'm going to sneeze myself to death before cancer or cyrrhosis can get me' way - more the fat that this is the first time the WHO has ever issued a level 5 pandemic warning. And sure - a pandemic doesn't necessarily mean everyone is going to get wiped out - merely that it is transmitting in lots of different places and groups - I'm personally thinking about possible impact on infrastructure, work etc.

I worked for a large healthcare supplier during SARS and we sold the equivalent of 100 years supply of surgical masks in a few weeks, leaving hospitals who needed them for such silly things as surgery, desperately short.

Also - 'Pig-Licker' has become my insult of the week.
Double also - one of the UK cases is in my home town (Redditch) trying to not be horrid and imagine the place wiped out, but if it does, here's hoping it takes Jacqui Smith with it..
Apr. 30th, 2009 12:01 pm (UTC)
One of the cases is where I grew up as well - Barnet. Just up the road from where I used to live until recently.

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