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    CallMeAl
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    Heard word this morning at the West Seattle Food Bank of our first West Seattle swine flu case -diagnosed by Harborview doctors.

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    #665555

    WSB
    Keymaster

    What more did you hear about this, and from whom? How did they hear it? It’s really important that we not spread rumors with something as currently sensitive and concerning as this.

    I spoke with public health authorities late last night to ask about additional location information on the two patients identified only as “Seattle.” They were adamant that at this point, no further location beyond “city level” will be released. That could always change, but as of right now, it has not.

    I have a message out to the Food Bank’s director, but she’s not in yet. I will check with King County Public Health again, but once more, there is NO such OFFICIAL report at this point. Also important to note, local doctors cannot diagnose swine flu. They can diagnose a suspected or probable case. Right now the only lab — this was discussed at last night’s news conference — that can CONFIRM it is the CDC (federal).

    #665556

    AdamOnAlki
    Participant

    Are we all going to die? Because my cousin says that we are all going to die. And he went to SSCC.

    #665557

    miws
    Participant

    I don’t know if Al is talking about the same announcement that I heard at the Food Bank, but one of the volunteers/workers made a general announcement mentioning the incidents in the WA State, and instructing people to stay away from the FB if they have any symptoms, and either get a non-affected person to pick up for them, or call to see if other arrangements can be made.

    He also gave the common info of covering coughs and sneezes, and frequent hand washing.

    Mike

    #665558

    Patrick
    Keymaster

    Thanks for the follow through Mike.

    #665559

    Anonymous

    Adam this is serious business. Please don’t make a joke about it.

    Thanks WSB and mike for the clarification. Good thing I stocked up on hand wipes and sanitizer for the kids. Appreciate all the great work you do.

    #665560

    miws
    Participant

    My pleasure, Patrick!

    Mike

    #665561

    AdamOnAlki
    Participant

    Here is a great informational link I found that has a lot of answers:

    http://doihaveswineflu.org/

    Check it out!

    #665562

    JanS
    Participant

    Adam, I realize what you’re saying…that while this has serious implications, we shouldn’t panic, nor spread rumors of what we heard from so-and-so on the bus, in line, wherever. Some people may not get your humor on here, and will definitely let you know aobut it, I’m sure.

    In the meantime, folks, common sense is a good thing :)

    #665563

    Anonymous

    Adam with all the concern about this possibly very serious health issue I don’t understand why youre making jokes like this. I have little kids and am very worried about this so please be polite and stop making jokes on this subject.

    #665564

    WSB
    Keymaster

    To be really clear:

    I talked to director Fran Yeatts at the Food Bank a short time ago.

    What was announced this morning is WHAT MIKE SAID. ****NOT**** a WS case. Just the fact that the first Seattle cases had been announced and so everybody remember to wash up, etc.

    As news happens during the day, we are adding it here:

    http://westseattleblog.com/blog/?p=16212

    #665565

    CallMeAl
    Member

    i just returned from the drugstore nonetheless. am stockpiling surgical masks.

    #665566

    trensuela
    Member

    Surgical masks are a good idea. In Korea during the winter months the people wore them everywhere. I just wish they would make them in cooler colors.

    #665567

    CallMeAl
    Member

    or even eco-friendly ones, being West Seattle and all. Recycled materials would be swell.

    #665568

    charlabob
    Participant

    A member of Obama’s security force and his family (who traveled with Obama to Mexico) is suspected of having swine flu.

    http://www.msnbc.msn.com/id/30503293/

    If you want to learn more about how we got here, google Smithfield Ham + Swine Flu. :-)

    #665569

    RS
    Member

    Rock on Adam. I’m way more afraid of getting regular flu, hit by a car, laid off, audited, etc. However, I did just get a tetanus shot, so I can grab at rusty nails with impunity now. What a relief.

    Charla, I LOVE Smithfield and I absolutely refuse to look at that site. Me, my country ham sandwich, and my denial are doing just fine. :)

    #665570

    WSB
    Keymaster

    Another fact check here.

    Authorities in briefings yesterday reiterated: Masks are primarily of value for keeping infected people from spreading the virus, NOT for keeping you from getting it.

    #665571

    JanS
    Participant

    and…you can’t get it from eating bacon…or kissing a pig :) (guess I should qualify that….it depends on the pig)

    #665572

    Anonymous

    thanks lowmanbeach for keeping this thread factual. I am suprised about all the jokes.

    #665573

    JanS
    Participant

    Naturalmom…we all realize that this has the POTENTIAL for being something serious, but, we also realize that perspective is needed. There are actually people in the United States who believe that you can get “swine flu” from eating pork products, and hanging out with pigs that are not ill themselves. So while what I said may sound like a joke to you, it’s actually the truth ( no comment about getting whatever from a human pig). We talk about bacon on here often, so I just added a little levity.

    I don’t live in fear about it. I pay attention to the latest news, and I act accordingly. I don’t rush out and buy up all the face masks, or demand Tamiflu from my doc as some do…that just adds to the misinformation and panic. I work with people, with bodies, and I wash my hands umpteen times a day, and make sure that clients who feel ill don’t come see me. We all just need to use common sense.

    I didn’t mean to offend…sorry…

    #665574

    kellym
    Participant

    in the immortal words of jimmy buffett…..if we couldn’t laugh we would all go insane

    #665575

    Bayou
    Member

    I wasn’t worried about it at all until I realized that a co-workers kid goes to that school in Madrona that’s now on lockdown. So, yeah, now I wish I had some Tamiflu stockpiled! If it’s such a miracle drug, why can’t we get it OTC anyways? They’d be making a killing right now in the midst of the media panic.

    #665576

    flowerpetal
    Member

    Bayou I love you like my best pair of shoes… but Madronna is not in lockdown; it is simply closed for a week. Words are powerful and the space between those two words is a chasm.

    #665577

    Bayou
    Member

    Sorry if that sounded overly dramatic, flowerpetal. I just meant the doors are locked, school is closed. Granted, this is a PRECAUTIONARY measure and if I understand correctly the cases in our area have not even been confirmed at this time.

    #665578

    datamuse
    Participant

    I’m just fascinated because this is the closest we’ve ever come to watching the spread of a pathogen in real time. Panic, not so much. (But we all should have emergency supplies anyway, since we do, y’know, live in a seismically active area. And if people have to be told to wash their hands and sneeze into a tissue…bah.)

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