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  • #665579

    JanS
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    the CDC in Atlanta has the only lab that can confirm. No results from the cases in SEattle have been confirmed yet. And Tamiflu is a TREATMENT after the fact, not a preventative. Won’t do you any good if you don’t have the illness. And…stockpiling isn’t exactly fair to those who are getting ill, now, is it?

    #665580

    Jiggers
    Member

    Who washes their hands nowdays? That’s why I only do the knuckle tap as a shake. Humans are pretty gross animals.

    #665581

    Anonymous
    Inactive

    Your funny jiggers. do you make the explosion sound also? My kids just belly laugh when my husband does that!

    #665582

    trensuela
    Member

    True dat Jiggers!

    Because of people not washing their hands the refrigerator handle has the highest concentration of fecal bacteria of anyplace in the house.

    #665583

    herongrrrl
    Participant

    Bayou (and anyone else who is worried about it), oscillococcinum, which is available at least at Morgan Street, Metro Market, PCC, and probably Pharmaca and Bartells among others, is an excellent and very effective flu remedy. The secret is to start taking it as soon as you suspect you might be coming down with it, same as Tamiflu. Save the Tamiflu stockpiles for folks with compromised immunes systems or asthma or similar complicating conditions that would make flu much more serious for them than for those of us without them. Sambucol syrup is another good alternative to Tamiflu. I know PCC has it, I imagine any other place with alternative remedies would as well.

    And, really, try to keep this in perspective. If the “regular” flu were covered with such veracity, we’d all be terrified of leaving our houses for several months each year. Some people respond to news like this by hunkering down, some by making up and sharing jokes about it. Neither response is wrong.

    Thank you so much, WSB, for your factual reporting on this issue!

    #665584

    charlabob
    Participant

    My work place sent out the usual set of tips, which we’ve all read — plus this one that was new to me: “Be sure to use a tissue to cover a sneeze or cough. If you don’t have a tissue, use your sleeve.” I am not kidding. :-(

    #665585

    RS
    Member

    “Some people respond to news like this by hunkering down, some by making up and sharing jokes about it. Neither response is wrong.”

    Exactly! Well said herongrrrl.

    #665586

    Jiggers
    Member

    Damm..I just went to the store a half hour ago and saw this guy sneeze in front of me down the aisle abit without even an attempt to cover up. I mean, can’t you even make an attempt to cover up with your shirt? Plus there are people who are oblivious to what’s going on the world right now because they don’t read the paper or watch the news. Ignorant fools.

    #665587

    JanS
    Participant

    jiggers, that’s definitely a problem…and the very reason WE have to use common sense and be proactive. I really dislike people who do that..ewwwwww…..makes you wanna smack ’em upside the head :(

    #665588

    CheriBerri
    Member

    I work at the home Depot and we sold so many of the dust masks today i sold 6 cases to one guy who said he was stocking up just to be safe then he came back and bought a resperator, i bet we set a record on how many of those i sold. I was tempted to suggest hand sanitizer as our item of the day along with their purchase….

    #665589

    Lucile 2
    Member

    How many of these people stocking up on masks are also prepared for an earthquake? Earthquake threats and preparedness seems to get little to no attention around here, unlike things that people can stress about hopefully getting vaccinating against.

    #665590

    Cait
    Participant

    Remember when it was the birdies? I remember when it was the birdies. And the cows with their anger problems. And the mosquitoes.

    I’m still waiting for the Africanized Bees that were supposed to swarm us a few years ago.

    I don’t have room in my mind for the piggy sicks. I hope they get the shots out there to the people who need them and they get better. *sigh* There are too many probable things to be worried about.

    #665591

    TheHouse
    Member

    Perspective – According to the WHO Website between 250,000 and 500,000 people die annually from influenza and between 2 million and 3 million people contract “serious” cases of the flu. Anotherwards, the 250 cases that have been confirmed world wide account for .0000833% of the normal amount of flu cases the world sees.

    Practice proper hygiene by washing your hands and not putting things in your mouth and you have more than a 99.9% chance of not getting any type of Influenza.

    As usual, Flavor Flav is right….don’t believe the hype.

    #665592

    JanS
    Participant

    ya know, House, we finally agree on sumthin’ – lol…

    #665593

    FullTilt
    Participant

    My brain is hurting from The House quoting Flavor Flav and PE

    #665594

    Anonymous
    Inactive

    We bought masks last night and have them on hand for when we go outside. A nurse girl friend of mine said we should wear masks and she has a very bad feeling about this one.

    #665595

    rockhills
    Member

    All this swine flu hype will be worth it if it gets people using basic hygiene practices.

    Wash your hands often. Wash your hands immediately after using them to cover a cough or sneeze, even if you use a tissue. Wash them after blowing your nose. Tissues do not fully block sneezes–that’s why the current recommendation is to use your sleeve.

    #665596

    B-squared
    Participant

    What i find far more frightening than a pandemic of H1N1 is the ignorance of the public with regard to basic health and science. as long as we are this ignorant, we will be able to be whipped into a frenzy about anything, or conversely, easily placated when something truly dangerous (yet profitable) is occuring.

    one thing though – might be a good time to stock up on pork;) i’m sure large quantities of it are being shunned and will soon approach pull date and go on sale. load up the freezer.

    #665597

    Bayou
    Member

    Jan, I was just joking about stockpiling Tamiflu. I’m one of those people who doesn’t even take a flu shot because I know there are people with compromised immune systems who need them worse than I do.

    And as far as stockpiling on the masks, as TR already mentioned: Masks are primarily of value for keeping infected people from spreading the virus, NOT for keeping you from getting it.

    #665598

    Bayou
    Member

    Oh and for those of you who do follow that wise philosophy “if we couldn’t laugh we would all go insane”… I give you the following terms:

    Aporkalypse

    Hamdemic

    Farmageddon

    #665599

    B-squared
    Participant

    i heard that Israel was calling the new flu “mexican flu” because they didn’t want to offend muslims or jews. don’t think they asked the mexican’s what they thought) there was even a fear in this country that if we keep calling it swine flu, some muslims and jews may not report it when they get sick because they won’t want to be associated with pork. OMG. and the pork producers aren’t happy either.

    i say we start calling it Frankenflu since it’s a combination of Avian, swine and human influenza virus. although Al Franken may not be pleased;)

    #665600

    FullTilt
    Participant
    #665601

    JanS
    Participant

    B-squared…wonder if bacon will be cheap, too :)

    Bayou..I love your terms, esp. aporkalypse – hehehe…

    I think that I was more offended by another poster who suggested that he went out and stockpiled masks.

    NaturalMom..if you read up on masks, those sold in pharmacies aren’t used to protect you from others, they’re supposed to be used by you IF you’ve already contracted the flu…and that they don’t fit tightly on the face, anyway. Now…the one’s that painters use that you find in hardware stores fit tighter, are more effective…but, again, they are not for using as a preventative, as the editor on here has stated in her information.

    Actually, to clarify the mask thing, here’s some interesting information:

    http://diseases-viruses.suite101.com/article.cfm/use_of_face_masks_to_prevent_swine_flu

    #665602

    GenHillOne
    Participant

    So talk about conflicting PR…here are my most recent annoyances (directed at media, not any posters here):

    1) needing masks outdoors? yeah, might help with allergies

    2) Purell? is an anti-BACTERIAL, flu – swine or other – is a VIRUS, soap and water folks

    3) airlines, subways, busses beating up on people, well like Biden, for messing with their ridership…while swine doesn’t necessarily need to by hyped any more than “regular” influenza, they’re all enclosed spaces with surfaces that a ton of people have touched – anyone who has been seated on a plane next to someone with a cold should know it’s laughable to claim that that air is so “clean” – so why are they removing all blankets and pillows (which are a gross concept anyway)? doesn’t that pure circulated air take care of any pathogens (*sarcasm*)? again, no need for hysteria, but let’s be realistic too.

    #665603

    Anonymous
    Inactive

    JanS. My girl friend that recommended the masks is a nurse so I am going to take her word with more granes of salt than I would someone I don’t know on the internet. Sorry but I am old faishoned that way. They are closing more schools and I think this is getting worst not better, which is not so good.

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