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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.


May. 1st, 2009 06:54 am (UTC)
They have been waiting for a repeat of something like the influenza pandemic of 1918 for years now because they do happen in waves - when serious ones occur they can be devastating. Its all speculative though - you dont know how bad it will be till it gets bad. The problem is that thy want to stop it before it becomes a problem, and to do that they need to people to take it seriously and be a wee bit more hygienic to prevent its spread and then they keep track of actual cases so they can see if its getting better or worse. It may well go dormant over the summer or just die out/weaken so people can build a proper immunity to it, or it might go ballistic. No way of knowing.
At the moment its not worth panicking of course, and most of the sorts of precautions people should take to avoid transmission are sensible and polite even when there is no threat of a pandemic.

Where WW1 killed 15 million, the influenza that followed it killed 50 million. They rather want to avoid that happening.

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