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It’s hard to imagine a nervier end-of-the-year story. H5N1 is a highly virulent strain of bird flu. If it ever went aerosol, transmitting itself between humans through coughing or sneezing, it would probably kill a billion people before a vaccine got … Continue reading
But not in that order. I actually got my flu shot on Monday and saw Contagion on Tuesday. My wife and kids also got their flu shots this week. As to the movie, it’s a must-see that is well informed … Continue reading
According to a new Pew Forum poll: 33%. And the above number really hasn’t changed all that much over the past 30 years. I read from this something important: fundamentalism, despite its clamoring presence in contemporary Republican politics, is not a … Continue reading
Better get ready for it now. This today in the NY Times: The Obama administration warned Americans on Thursday to be ready for an aggressive return of the swine flu virus in the fall, announcing plans to begin vaccinations in … Continue reading
Dr. Margaret Chan, director-general of the World Health Organization emphasizes the dangers of virulent swine flu mutations and the need for ongoing vigilance: “For the first time in history we can track the evolution of a pandemic in real time. … Continue reading
I guess evolution’s true. It started as a pig virus, but then the swine flew. Bit pig, bit bird, bit us. Hybrid, efficient, new. Call it “pigavian flu,” sent from me to you. Obama can’t save us; no telling it, “sod … Continue reading
According to the Los Angeles Times today, both face masks and frequent hand washing provide equal levels of protection: [N]o single action . . . will provide complete protection in areas with confirmed swine flu cases, health officials said. It … Continue reading
How to Protect Yourself, And Your Family, from Getting or Spreading Swine Flu: Dr. Joe Bresee of the CDC’s Influenza Division
Accurate health information on Swine Flu from Dr. Joe Bresee (of the CDC’s Influenza Division):
According to Time magazine, four to six months: [E]ven if the CDC‘s seed stock of virus were to be released to vaccine makers today, it would take the companies anywhere from four to six months before the first inoculation could … Continue reading
A Small Bit of Swine Flu Good News: Some Hospitals in Mexico Are Seeing a Decline of Reported Cases from Their Peaks
So says AP: Amid the alarm, there was a spot of good news. The number of new cases reported by Mexico‘s largest government hospitals has been declining the past three days, Cordova said, from 141 on Saturday to 119 on … Continue reading
And if you don’t have any of these symptoms, and are out and about today, wash your hands frequently. This today in the Los Angeles Times: The symptoms of swine flu are nearly identical to those of other influenza, including … Continue reading
John Donne’s “Meditation 17″ in 1624: “No man is an island, entire of itself; every man is a piece of the continent, a part of the main. If a clod be washed away by the sea, Europe is the less, … Continue reading