H1N1

EllyDicious

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#1
I just heard on the news that nearly 1 million Americans are infected by H1N1.
how do you cope with that? what's happening in the state you live in? do you live with that fear? (especially in the U.S)

here in Albania no one is infected yet but it's expected for the virus to come after August when Albanians get back from vacation.
 

CaptainObvious

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#2
I have no idea if that number is true or not, it's a lot higher than any number I've seen or read.

As usual, I think the coverage of it was blown out of proportion, and no I don't live in fear of it.
 

AwkwardlyYours

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#3
Ha! Stupid Swine/H1N1 Flu...

It's been blown WAY out of proportion. I've known 3 people that had it. They went to the doctor and were diagnosed with it. They took the medications prescribed to them for it? And they were fine in two days afterward. It's not a big deal. The media is just very special and full of propaganda.
 

EllyDicious

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I've known 3 people that had it. They went to the doctor and were diagnosed with it. They took the medications prescribed to them for it? And they were fine in two days afterward. .
oh. .. so you're saying it's not a big deal. :shifteyes:
strange because i've heard/read that as soon as you get H1N1 you're gonna die. ...
i've heard some people having the identical symptoms of H1N1 but in fact they had another flu (a simple one). Thus, some might think H1N1 is not a big deal when actually it wasn't this kind of flu they were having.
so...it's kind of cunfsuing ... you know ..
 

ysabel

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#5
I just heard on the news that nearly 1 million Americans are infected by H1N1.
how do you cope with that? what's happening in the state you live in? do you live with that fear? (especially in the U.S)

here in Albania no one is infected yet but it's expected for the virus to come after August when Albanians get back from vacation.

This is the official World Health Organisation (WHO) update WHO | Influenza A(H1N1) - update 54

They update very often. :nod:

As of June 26:

21,449 confirmed cases in the US (87 deaths)
8,279 confirmed cases in Mexico (115 deaths)

Those are the two countries with most number of cases and deaths.

As you can see, it's far from being a million. The total cases all over the world is not even 60,000. And the deaths are below 1% of the cases, so it's not really a death sentence if someone is infected by this. Of course, being properly monitored and treated must contribute somehow to the low percentage.
 

Bananas

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#6
I think Eli was referring to this article;

US swine flu total hits one million


As many as one million Americans now have swine flu, US health officials said, adding that 6% or more of some urban areas are infected.

The estimate - voiced by a government flu scientist - was no surprise to the experts who have been closely watching the virus.

"We knew diagnosed cases were just the tip of the iceberg," said Dr William Schaffner, a Vanderbilt University infectious diseases expert who was in Atlanta for the meeting of a vaccine advisory panel.

Lyn Finelli, a flu surveillance official with the Centres for Disease Control and Prevention (CDC), made the one million estimate in a presentation to the vaccine panel. The number is from mathematical modelling, based on surveys by health officials.

Regular seasonal flu affects anywhere from 15 million to 60 million Americans each year.

The United States has roughly half the world's swine flu cases, with nearly 28,000 reported to the CDC so far. The US count includes 3,065 people treated in hospital and 127 deaths.

The percentage of cases needing hospital treatment has been growing, but that may be due to closer scrutiny of very sick patients.

Other health problems have been a factor in most cases: About one in three of the hospital cases had asthma, 16% diabetes, 12% have immune system problems and 11% chronic heart disease.

The numbers again highlight how the young seem to be particularly at risk of catching the new virus. But data also shows that the flu has been more dangerous to adults who catch it.

The average age of swine flu patients is 12, the average age for patients who needed hospital treatment is 20, and for people who died, it was 37. It seems to be deadliest to people 65 and older, with deaths in more than 2% of elderly people infected, Ms Finelli said.
The Press Association: US swine flu total hits one million
 

ysabel

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#7
Well that article also mentioned the US numbers along 20k-ish. I wonder how they got one million estimate spin from that. :hmm:

If it's from survey, then why not report it as a case? Or is this one million the number of sick people that can be attributed to the H1N1 virus but not yet sure? I think that the declaration is misleading and can even to send some people to panic.
 

icegoat63

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oh. .. so you're saying it's not a big deal. :shifteyes:
strange because i've heard/read that as soon as you get H1N1 you're gonna die. ...
Its not that big of a deal honestly. And the whole "get it = death" not true. There were only a few cases here in the start of the Swine Flu scare where US Citizens were actually dying from the H1N1 virus.

Mexico got hit hard, because A) Their government is in shambles and was not able to cope with a virus such as this and B) They arent known for their great medical population or even care of health for that matter.

Hearing about the swine flu rampaging through Mexico is analogous to third world African countries battling Ebola.

I live in California, one of the huge H1N1 trafficking epicenters for the virus spread. We had a few cases where I live, nobody I know. Then once those people healed up... I havent heard a single thing about the Virus causing any more calamity.

Honestly... I believe its safe to say that the H1N1 virus is no more dangerous than a regular Flu anymore.
 

Pugz

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#10
I caught sight of an article that a 9 year old died of swine flu :(. It's only seriously fatal to the young and the elderly.