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Are You Still Worried About Swine Flu?

The last 10 days have been fraught with fear over a possible swine flu pandemic: almost all of Mexico was shut down, US citizens were strongly cautioned against traveling to Mexico, and American schools were shut down in many states.

Today brings both good news, bad news, and a warning for the future. While the US is no longer advising school closures since the virus is milder than originally believed, the first American citizen diagnosed with swine flu passed away. The 33-year-old Texas school teacher was eight months pregnant when admitted to the hospital. According to health officials she had "chronic underlying health conditions" and stopped short of saying directly that swine flu killed her. Her baby was successfully delivered by Cesarean and is healthy.

In the US, there are 642 confirmed cases of swine flu in 41 states. Internationally, over 1,490 cases have been confirmed in 21 countries, and health officials ask us all to remain vigilant informed by the evolution of the devastating flu pandemic of 1918. Pandemics can begin mild, evolve over the course of months, and become stronger.

I am wondering how all this news affects you.


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Allytta Allytta 8 years
Allytta Allytta 8 years
wasn't worried. different infections and viruses kill thousand of people everyday and nobody makes such a big deal out of it. this was just media circus.
Advah Advah 8 years
I usually don't follow the hype, but I have to say the constant media coverage did worry me a bit. On a different topic, I got a bit confused when I saw the flyer in the picture is the one I got in my flat yesterday. "We get the same leaflets in the US and the UK?!?" Then I realised it's a UK leaflet hah! :D
medicgirl medicgirl 8 years
I would be far more worried if something really horrible reared it's ugly head...such as smallpox, then there would be true cause for concern and media hype!
KibzeeLovee KibzeeLovee 8 years
i was worried for a few days, living right by the border and having someone from my school diagnosed definitely put me on edge. thankfully i can now leave the house without feeling the need to wear a face mask.
bethinabox bethinabox 8 years
I was a little freaked when I first heard about it, but once I read a little more about it I wasn't freaked anymore. People are just nuts.
PiNkY-PiNk PiNkY-PiNk 8 years
I'm still worried about it. i've definitely been using more soap and water than usual.
cloroxcowgirl cloroxcowgirl 8 years
I was never worried. It was obvious from the get go that the media was blowing it all out of proportion, it makes me angry the way they try to control the general population. I won't by into it.
JaimeLeah526 JaimeLeah526 8 years
I heard on the news that the swine flu isn't as bad as the regular strains of the flu. I don't get flu shots yet I haven't had the flu in a long time so I wasn't really concerned to begin with. The more you worry about the more stress you put on your immune system and the more likely you are to get the flu in the first place.
Modus-Vivendi Modus-Vivendi 8 years
I was more worried about the effect on pig farmers due to uninformed people thinking you could catch it from eating bacon.
Spectra Spectra 8 years
I was never worried either, but I'm super angry that the media hyped it so much. I work in a hospital and this weekend we had SO many people clogging up the ER asking to be tested for it. I was kind of afraid that people with real emergencies wouldn't get seen. As for myself, I never get the flu and I wasn't worried about catching it really. I just hope people use some common sense and stop freaking out about it. It wastes healthcare money when we have to test people that probably just have allergies or a cold, so unless you're REALLY sick, don't freak out.
LittleMzFit LittleMzFit 8 years
I don't use hand sanitizers with antibacterials in them, just the ones that are alcohol based. I trust good old soap & water to clean my hands & I try to be conscious of putting my hands near my face when stuff like this goes around. I take my vitamins, eat right, get moderate exercise, adequate sleep & try not to stress out about things. Oh, I don't eat out much anyway so I don't have to worry about someone who's been ill preparing my food.
wackdoodle wackdoodle 8 years
I was never worried. I don't buy into hysteria.
zeppelinrules zeppelinrules 8 years
wasn't concerned. the media makes a big deal out of everything.
Soniabonya Soniabonya 8 years
I was just a lil worried because my immune system has been shot to heck the past couple months and I've been getting sick easily. AND i frequent places with big crowds ie. hockey rink and ballpark. i just keep using hand sanitzers and wash even more frequently than i already do. it's sad the woman passed away. i hope her child manages to stay healthy.
runningesq runningesq 8 years
It's the freaking flu. People die from the 'regular' flu every year. You put 'swine' in front of it and suddendly everyone flips out (and if my Ironman in Mexico is cancelled because of this I will hurt someone!!)
danni2009 danni2009 8 years
Nope and never was. Pure media hype...
tlsgirl tlsgirl 8 years
I'm still a little worried. I just hate being sick, so I guess I'm no more worried about it now than I generally am about the flu.
mamasitamalita mamasitamalita 8 years
yawn/oink. so over it.
syako syako 8 years
I wasn't concerned either. Still am not.
le-romantique le-romantique 8 years
Never concerned me. I'm already OCD with hand washing and hand sanitizer, so I didn't have to go out of my way when everyone else was... plus I get almost no human interaction and i rarely leave my house unless I'm going for a swim or walk... yeppp
fleurfairy fleurfairy 8 years
I never take anything the media says seriously. I was never worried.
cmd0610 cmd0610 8 years
We are going to Cozumel for Memorial Day yipppeeeeee! I was never worried about it, I just didn't want airlines to cancel flights or the government to like forbid travelling because we've been looking forward to this trip (our 1st of 3 mini-honeymoons) for forever!
kimmieb124 kimmieb124 8 years
The only reason I'm still a little worried is because I'm pregnant. I got my flu shot this fall, but that won't do any good against the swine flu and there is a much higher risk of complications from any type of flu during pregnancy than otherwise.
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