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LA Times: Scientists see this flu strain as relatively mild

 
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LA Times: Scientists see this flu strain as relatively mild
Genetic data indicate this outbreak won't be as deadly as that of 1918, or even the average winter.

As the World Health Organization raised its infectious disease alert level Wednesday and health officials confirmed the first death linked to swine flu inside U.S. borders, scientists studying the virus are coming to the consensus that this hybrid strain of influenza -- at least in its current form -- isn't shaping up to be as fatal as the strains that caused some previous pandemics.

In fact, the current outbreak of the H1N1 virus, which emerged in San Diego and southern Mexico late last month, may not even do as much damage as the run-of-the-mill flu outbreaks that occur each winter without much fanfare. ...
[link to www.latimes.com]
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Re: LA Times: Scientists see this flu strain as relatively mild
Perhaps a pin would be in order?
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Re: LA Times: Scientists see this flu strain as relatively mild
Hilarious though. This has to be the biggest hoax ever perpetrated against this board - EAT must be jealous. To think, all these people talking about stocking up and keeping their children home from school, never realizing that they're the biggest sheep of all - falling the hardest for the government fear mongering. =p

But doom is our religion, and some of us are more evangelical than others.
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Re: LA Times: Scientists see this flu strain as relatively mild
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Re: LA Times: Scientists see this flu strain as relatively mild
Perhaps a pin would be in order?
 Quoting: Boomer


... oh right... lol, and like there's something here for that freaked out attitude stuff to feed on.
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Re: LA Times: Scientists see this flu strain as relatively mild
Genetic data indicate this outbreak won't be as deadly as that of 1918, or even the average winter.

 Quoting: Boomer

BS. The military spent years trying to weaponize the common flu to give us a bad case of diarrhea.
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Re: LA Times: Scientists see this flu strain as relatively mild
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Re: LA Times: Scientists see this flu strain as relatively mild
you may be correct. i think the consensus of most posters is prudent preparations...ie, investing in supplies that would be bought anyway but compressing the timeframe.

I prepared for the y2k fiasco because it sounded plausible. the supplies purchased were consumed over the next year so the net cost of preparation was zero.

same scenario now but with a potential extra benefit of inflation protection. other than investing in a generator, there really wasn't any out of pocket cost then or now.
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Re: LA Times: Scientists see this flu strain as relatively mild
you may be correct. i think the consensus of most posters is prudent preparations...ie, investing in supplies that would be bought anyway but compressing the timeframe.

I prepared for the y2k fiasco because it sounded plausible. the supplies purchased were consumed over the next year so the net cost of preparation was zero.

same scenario now but with a potential extra benefit of inflation protection. other than investing in a generator, there really wasn't any out of pocket cost then or now.
 Quoting: Anonymous Coward 196275

It won't speculate on what most GLPers are thinking, but from what I'm seeing it looks clear that a great many are actually frightened of the virus itself, concerned that they will become infected and die as a result. Caution would be acknowledging that the human variable could cause the situation to descend into chaos and danger. As such it may be wise to keep an eye on the situation and perhaps prepare some meager contingencies for an "in the event of."

But that doesn't appear to be the common outlook and reaction.





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