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What has been done in your communities about the Swine, I mean, H1N1 Flu?

Asked by Darwin (21765points) May 4th, 2009

How has it affected your daily activities? Is it affecting your daily activities? I just found out that because we have one documented case in one school, two probable cases not in school at all, and several hundred people with a respiratory illness, that all of our schools will be closed until May 13th. As a result, all extracurricular activities are also cancelled. If you are faced with similar closures, what do you paln to do with the offspring (besides let them sleep in or watch way too much television)?

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asmonet's avatar

It’s done nothing, the only thing I can think of is an email was sent out from the head health honcho at my college telling us what steps we should take to prevent the spread of any flu virus and to ensure proper containment steps are taken in the event of an infection of the H1N1 flu. No big, just a little reminder.

My state has only had two cases so far I think, there isn’t much panic…among the educated.

Darwin's avatar

No one here is really panicking. It seems to me to be mostly organizations reacting to protect themselves in case this does turn out to be a virulent pandemic, and not just another influenza.

It seems to have more to do with the number of lawyers in town than the number of cases of flu.

asmonet's avatar

At the moment, I’m a bit stuffed up, I feel I should mention I am alerting everyone I know that I am in fact the harbinger of the APORKALYPSE.

I agree, it is being overblown not by most individuals, but by the media and legal counsel. :(

ru2bz46's avatar

I don’t have a clue. I can’t remember the last time I had any strain of flu, so I just don’t pay attention to it.

kate1746's avatar

I just noticed everyone’s making an effort to work it into there jokes.

The_Compassionate_Heretic's avatar

Generally my community has reacted to this swine flu hysteria much the same way they responded to all the other media scares of this type.

That is to say, they haven’t done much they haven’t already been doing because it wasn’t necessary.

Lothloriengaladriel's avatar

I know in my area grade schools if kids have any sort of symptoms of being sick in any way (coughing, sneezing, ect) they’ll send them home, Thats the only thing I’ve really noticed and not being able to find hand sanitizer in stock anywhere. ):

janbb's avatar

Lots of talk and lot of handwashing but nothing much else. I haven’t heard of any schools being closed in my area yet. I think it was last week’s panic.

Dog's avatar

We just got word that our local high school is closed as of today due to one probable case.

We are simply boosting our efforts to wash hands and avoid crowds. I now have the kids carry alcohol-based hand sanitizer with them. No panic, just being vigilant.

justwannaknow's avatar

they killed the pigs.

Dog's avatar

@justwannaknow While the H1N1 does have swine origins it is now being spread human-to-human thus mass swineocide would do nothing to stop the virus from spreading.

justwannaknow's avatar

I am sorry you thought I was serious, Dog. The only time they kill a swine here is for a pig roast.

Jude's avatar

Nothing.

wundayatta's avatar

I think people will come to their senses soon. I think if ordinary people were making the decisions, not much would be happening. I think when politicians make decisions, the pressure on them to do something makes them do things for appearance more than for good policy.

Darwin's avatar

In the meantime I have two teenagers at home for ten days with no extracurricular activities.

Aaaaarrrrrggghhhhh!!!

casheroo's avatar

Nothing that I’ve noticed.

There was a health sheet on it, at my dentist. That’s about it.

Dog's avatar

@justwanttoknow Glad to hear it! Because Fluther is international such drastic action could be conceiveable.

Save the Swine! :)

tiffyandthewall's avatar

i dug out an expired bottle of apple-scented hand sanitizer.

Vincentt's avatar

Nothing at all. Nobody really worries about it, doesn’t even mention it. The main item in the media here is recent attempted attack on our queen. I believe there’s been one person affected here in the Netherlands (a Mexican boy), but he and his family have been given medication and he’s recovered now. There’s also enough antiviral medicine to stave off the flu for a bit until a suitable vaccine has been developed, so nobody really worries about it.

mattbrowne's avatar

Confirmed cases are more than 200 miles away were I live in Germany. No measures yet. Just awareness and a daily check of the news updates. Local doctors get extra briefings. Pharmacies increase their inventories.

sakura's avatar

I’ve stocked up on oinkment!! Seriously, no major outbreaks over here yet, a couple of confirmed cases but that’s about it. Oh we will soon be receiving letters about what to do in regards to H1N1 but no closures or anything yet!

asmonet's avatar

So, I forgot about this question until now, I clicked a sibling and came back here.

Guess who has the motherfuckin’ swine flu. I knew all the hamdemic, aporkalypse and snoutbreak jokes were gonna bite me in the ass.

janbb's avatar

@asmonet Was that above or below your cute curly tail? (Feel better soon.)

asmonet's avatar

Below it, thank heavens! I’ve grown quite fond of it – I wouldn’t want it to be marred by teeth marks.

Thanks!

Darwin's avatar

@asmonet – Sorry to hear you are under the weather, especially with H1N1. I hope you recover quickly, even your bite marks.

Dog's avatar

Oh @asmonet that is just wrong. Bummer.

mattbrowne's avatar

Got my shot yesterday. I’m alive and kicking. Over the course of 5 months Germany had accumulated 25,000 confirmed cases. Now within just one week the number has increased to 40,000 confirmed cases. 8 deaths of which 2 were totally healthy people. More and more schools are closing down.

I just searched the web to get an up to date number for the US. A lot of contradictory data it seems. I found the number of 1,517 deaths in North America and 450 for Europe.

casheroo's avatar

@mattbrowne I think the stats are messed up for the US, because a lot of areas aren’t testing for it anymore (to confirm) unless the person is hospitalized and seriously ill, or in a high risk category. (My friends husband just had to get tested, and a spinal tap because of his Addisons) We didn’t have my husband tested, and they didn’t test me either but my sons doctor did. We all had it though.

mattbrowne's avatar

@casheroo – Well, the most critical issue is a steep increase in the confirmed cases/death ratio in particular areas. Because it could tell us something about a potentially dangerous mutation. This could happen in any country in the world. Worldwide widespread vaccination is the best strategy.

sakura's avatar

had a few more confirmed cases around my reagion now, even next door think he had it and got the meds needed!!

Vincentt's avatar

I’ve had my first of two vaccine shots today – the queue was endless! My normal, yearly flu shot a few weeks ago went a lot quicker… People have been getting worried lately.

ru2bz46's avatar

Still not concerned. I know a lot of people who’ve had it now, and they’ve all been fine after a few days. It’s just the (other) flu.

Well, I can say that because I can’t remember what it’s like to have the flu. I was a kid last time I caught it.

mattbrowne's avatar

@ru2bz46 – Great to see you again. I know you are a man of reason and science. You are not a creationist/evolution denier. Therefore I’m totally puzzled by your It’s just the (other) flu comment. If this were true almost every government in the world would have created a frenzy not being justified by anything.

ru2bz46's avatar

@mattbrowne
It sounded really bad in the beginning according to the media hype, but after seeing it get people close to me, such as my wife and many friends, its mystical power sorta faded in my eyes.

The regular flu kills people every year, but we don’t hear about that. This is a variant that may kill a somewhat larger percentage of those infected, and it is new and novel, so it gets all the attention. Maybe it’ll kill me if I ever catch it, but I just don’t see the point in getting a shot for this one any more than the original.

As I implied in my previous post, I’m just not afraid of catching it, and I don’t think it’ll hurt me if I do catch it. I am very bummed for those who have been badly affected by it and don’t mean to belittle their pain at all. However, I am just as bummed for those catching the original and its mutations. It sucks to be sick.

mattbrowne's avatar

@ru2bz46 – The media hype doesn’t prove that the expert virologists are wrong. We have to apply the precautionary principle here. H1N1 is a potential killer. It can mutate into something were deadly. No hosts. No mutations.

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