Connecticut vs. the Swine Flu

Two towns have closed schools. The governor is issuing statements about possible cases. Pretty much every newspaper has it on the front page.

Swine flu.

There’s nothing like the threat of a pandemic to focus people’s attention, even though, as this helpful article points out, the regular old flu has been an awful lot more deadly so far. I have to wonder if the threat is more hype than reality. Remember when we were all going to die of SARS? If I can remember correctly, we didn’t.

Still, it’s good to see governments at the local, state and national levels react so swiftly to a crisis, I suppose. What do you think?

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13 responses to “Connecticut vs. the Swine Flu

  1. wizardsleeve

    i would disagree that parts of our government are acting swiftly. Our Homeland Security Secretary has been lax by refusing to close the border even though the Swine Flu started in Mexico. She has been too busy labeling vets coming back to US potential terrorists.

    She sounds like Bush’s former FEMA director. Isn’t the government’s 1st job to protect us?

  2. You can’t just look at the number of people that die from the flu, you need to look at the mortality rate, wikipedia lists the seasonal flu mortality rate at only 0.1%. Since not all of the deaths in Mexico have been tested for Swine Flu, we can’t be certain what its death rate is. The Spanish Flu of 1918 had a mortality rate of 2- 20% and it was also linked to an equine flu mutation.

    Even though the seasonal flu kills thousands every year, the majority of them are the elderly or those with compromised immune systems. Many of the deaths suspected from Swine Flu have been young people with the healthiest and strongest immune systems. The working theory is that the robust response of their bodies fills the lungs with fluid leading pneumonia or general respiratory distress. The big question is why we have only lost one American so far.

    The rapid global spread of the disease is enlightening. I’m not so much worried about what will happen in this country, but I do worry about what might happen if it were to spread to dense urban areas of Asia or Africa.

  3. There should be an option for ” a little of both”. I think the media response is overblown, they need a crisis to lead with, and this happens to be a new one. Most media outlets will run this into the ground. As for the government, I would rather see them exercise an abundance of caution instead of being flip about potential risks like these.

  4. Do not worry, if there is a political victory in allowing this to spread the Obama administration will allow it to spread.

  5. Good news! “Swine flu” isn’t a problem anymore. However, it remains to be seen how we will survive the new H1N1 virus outbreak.

  6. wtfdnucsailor

    Media is hyping. I think the government is responding appropriately. This is a good exercise for all of the ‘pandemic plans’ that states have been working on since the bird flu scare of last year. I remember the flu pandemic of 1957. Schools did not close until nearly half of the student body and faculty was sick with the flu and football games were cancelled because schools were not able to field healthy teams. I don’t remember the fatalities from that flu but I do remember that it was not fun to be sick for the week that it took to work through you. If closing a school for a few days keeps most of the students healthy, it is a good idea. I better go wash my hands.

  7. Our new Dept of Homeland Insecurity Chief, says we are not closing the border because people have come across the border already that may not have symptoms now, but are carriers, and may get it later. Isn’t this the reason to close the border?
    Can I ask the same question that the media in Canada asked last week, “How did this lady get her job?”

  8. Per the always pertinent Shelly Sindland, Congressman Joe Courtney has added a “Swine Flu” (obviously hasn’t gotten the H1N1 virus memo yet) page to his website.

  9. The Spanish Flu of 1918 had a mortality rate of 2- 20% and it was also linked to an equine flu mutation.

    -meant to say “swine flu mutation,” that’s what I get for trying to type and eat breakfast at the same time. šŸ˜›

  10. Do not worry, if there is a political victory in allowing this to spread the Obama administration will allow it to spread.

    Anything that gets the economy and government spending off the front pages is good for Obama.

  11. Well, then there’s what Biden said:

    “I would tell members of my family — and I have — I wouldn’t go anywhere in confined places now.”

    “when one person sneezes it goes all the way through the aircraft.”

    “I would not be, at this point, if they had another way of transportation, suggesting they ride the subway. So from my perspective, what it relates to is mitigation.”

    Hope that clears everything up…

  12. Wolcottboy

    i would disagree that parts of our government are acting swiftly. Our Homeland Security Secretary has been lax by refusing to close the border even though the Swine Flu started in Mexico.

    So the college and high school kids going for spring break are now illegal carriers of the flu? The flu doesn’t discriminate between who’s legal and who’s illegal. You’re assertion is a non-issue.

    I’m questioning the reactions of hte government to this
    outbreak. First, the flu hadn’t orginated with swine, and therefore could just be another varient of the annual flu. Usually the flu begins its spread from China, but who says it must begin there without mutating as it works its way throughout the world?

    Second, the definition of a “pandemic” simply means the virus or bacterium has crossed international borders. I’m curious if AIDS have been declared a pandemic, and why our govenment hasn’t “Prepared the public” by alerting them to upcoming Cold and Flu pandemics in the past. We should hold investigations.

    Third, the flu has killed more in Mexico than the US because of our easily available medical access. If we lived in a socialist healthcare system, then your access to medication would be rationed and you’ll be treated for this thing in 6 months. Good luck waiting it out.

  13. wizardsleeve

    Mexican border agents are wearing masks while Obama/Napolitano refuse to permit US border agents from doing same due to offending sensibilities.

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