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Swine flu here – *yawn*

By johnboy 26 May 2009 61

So there’s a case of swine flu here in Canberra, details to follow.

The bloke apparently has symptoms similar to a mild cold.

Wash your hands, cover your mouth when you cough, stay home if you’re poorly.

Also watching the ways this is spreading my guess is that it’s already endemic but if panicking makes you feel good then now’s the time.

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UPDATED: The ABC report on this is now online.

ANOTHER UPDATE: The CT’s report is also available.


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BerraBoy68 5:47 pm 29 May 09

sepi said :

Children are kinda gross, in that they don’t wipe their noses, and drool all over their toys then share them with the next child. It is no wonder they give each other (and their parents) every cold that is going around.

C’mon Sepi, that the tame bit. What about crapping in their pants and reaching down into it and playing with it like it’s playdough? Now that’s gross (or as we used to call it, bathtime.)

stace8383 4:37 pm 29 May 09

Jim Jones said :

When in panic, fear or doubt, run in circles, scream and shout!

Love it 🙂

MWF 10:41 pm 27 May 09

sepi said :

Children are kinda gross, in that they don’t wipe their noses, and drool all over their toys then share them with the next child. It is no wonder they give each other (and their parents) every cold that is going around.

My children don’t drool. Perhaps you are still dealing with toddlers or pre-school aged children. My children use MSN and email and can write complete sentences. Further, none of my children are even in high school.

Maybe you should have written that toddlers and pre-schoolers are gross?

The definition of “children” or “child” can be very widely interpreted – as we have seen in this thread.

ant 10:46 am 27 May 09

MWF, Sepi is about as child-loving as you can get! I, on the other hand, am loudly Childfree, so reserve your abuse for me. I’m used to Mum-Zillas spraying abuse at anyone who doesn’t worship their way of life.

The fact is, as Sepi pointed out, that this illness will find good hunting in schools and childcare centres, due to several factors. Kids being more susceptible to contagious illness and being contagious for longer, kids having poor hygeine practises, kids getting closer to each other than adults, and the propensity of some parents to send their kids to school when, let’s face it, the kids should be resting with their illness.

This puts kids who have compromised immune systems at greater risk.

Luckily, the national pandemic plan takes this into account, and if we move up the threat levels, measures will be invoked to force people to do the right thing.

sepi 10:33 am 27 May 09

Children are kinda gross, in that they don’t wipe their noses, and drool all over their toys then share them with the next child. It is no wonder they give each other (and their parents) every cold that is going around.

MWF 10:43 pm 26 May 09

I think that closing down schools if need be is a proper decision. My child has a heart defect. If there is even a whiff of any kind of pig flu or anything else that may kill my child, I will use the Dr’s certificate I get to care for my child at home and use every single hour of my ACT Government paid carer’s, personal leave or whatever it is called to keep my child safe from something that might very well kill my child.

Everyone should keep their filthy germs at home no matter what filthy crap you might have.

I am fed up with all the filthy coughing, hacking, spitting, sneezing snot fueled people I see when I am out in Canberra or at work.

Message to the pubes: You are not being a martyr when you take your filthy germs to work with you. All you are doing is infecting other people with your germs and forcing your colleagues to take time off work when you were too selfish (or scared) to do so in the first place. Finally, while I am in a rant mode, wash your fucking hands and if your children are sick, keep them at home.

MWF 10:28 pm 26 May 09

Fiona said :

If we had more sick days without certificates, I’d have taken more days off work this time around. As it was I took 2 weeks off, then another day a week later feeling like hell, because “feelinga little crap still” is hard to get into the dr for… and spending $70 to go home and rest? fun times.

ps. children are gross

I agree with you about the stupid sick day crap and the amount one has to pay for a Dr to state that one has a head full of snot and ought not to be at work to infect others. However, you wrote that children are gross. Either you are one of the witches that taught my child when he was in Year 1 and hate your job and all children but somehow are now an executive teacher despite hating children OR perhaps you are one of those immoral childfree children haters as exemplified on the usenet group: alt.childfree. I suspect you might be both.

sepi 10:17 pm 26 May 09

It isn’t about how sick one person is though. He may have given it to hundreds more people, some of whom could get very sick. At the moment it is a disease for which we have no treatment.

The mortality rate is one in a 1000. So if everyone in Canberra gets it hundreds of people will die.

And the mortality rate is expected to go up as we go into winter.

I know the guy with the flu. Apparently he’s about as sick as if he had a paper cut.

Fiona 5:11 pm 26 May 09

If we had more sick days without certificates, I’d have taken more days off work this time around. As it was I took 2 weeks off, then another day a week later feeling like hell, because “feelinga little crap still” is hard to get into the dr for… and spending $70 to go home and rest? fun times.

ps. children are gross

Gungahlin Al 5:03 pm 26 May 09

Frivolous?

I think what people are saying is that *at this point* the global media is cranking this up into a mega event, when it clearly does not warrant such as yet. Precautions? Sure, and supported. Daily global tallies of deaths and infections that are in single or even double digits? Come on.

And then there is the hypocrisy of people ignoring the actual mega problem that is already there with health systems in some corners of the world so bad that 500,000 people can die every year from ordinary flu, but no-one bats an eye…

In Australia we have far bigger risks, such as a smuggled critter bringing foot and mouth in that is then spread nationwide through all the damn foxes etc.

p1 4:42 pm 26 May 09

Stop, collaborate and listen…

Are we back in the Cook speed limit thread?

captainwhorebags 4:42 pm 26 May 09

“Professor, without knowing precisely what the danger is, would you say it’s time for our viewers to crack each other’s heads open and feast on the goo inside?”

“Yes I would Kent.”

mutley 4:36 pm 26 May 09

STOP-DROP-AND ROLL

Stop, collaborate and listen, Ice is back with my brand new invention

astrojax 4:33 pm 26 May 09

…and make you feel ten years younger, without leaving your home (handy in quarantine)… ; )

Thank goodness all levels of government will have spent hours and dollars developing crisis management plans to deal with the dreaded swine flu.

yeah, but guaranteed none will have contingency plans on how to serve their minister (presuming minister, too, does not succumb) with a third of the staff alive to work, and most of them taking days and weeks for bereavement leave and attending funerals!

p1 4:25 pm 26 May 09

Tonight on A Current Affair: Mexican P-plater zombie sharks set to terrorise the world. Experts predict millions could perish … we tell you how to identify one in your community & how to protect your family.

You forgot to mention that they live in Penrith, have Lebanese heritage and can tell you how to save thousands off you grocery bill…

p1 4:23 pm 26 May 09

What we need are fridge magnets to stop (start) people being alarmed.

Surely a cheaper (more responsible) placebo could be found.

Actually, the tamiflu IS the placebo.

BlueMonday 4:15 pm 26 May 09

Tonight on A Current Affair: Mexican P-plater zombie sharks set to terrorise the world. Experts predict millions could perish … we tell you how to identify one in your community & how to protect your family.

Hamilton 4:10 pm 26 May 09

STOP-DROP-AND ROLL

Jim Jones 3:55 pm 26 May 09

caf said :

sepi: There’s a fine line between an appropriately cautious response, and an overreaction that will cost lives in the future due to the “crying wolf” effect.

That’s already evident, the media reporting of swine flu has dropped by two-thirds since the initial hysterical panic over the ‘hundreds’ of fatal mexican cases (which turned out to actually be … seven).

And the bulk of Tamiflu in Australia has been prescribed by … psychiatrists. Surely a cheaper (more responsible) placebo could be found.

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