Tuesday, April 28, 2009


Swine Flu is a virus for which there is no vaccine, no threat to your family and there are undoubtedly tens of thousands of harmless undiagnosed cases throughout the world. The news stories are probably taking a hundred questionable respiratory deaths in Mexico and guessing.

There actually is a very, very small chance that this virus could cause severe illness and whenever this occurs hospitalization and even fatalities are reported. The likelihood of a pandemic is miniscule, but newspapers, government agencies and the manufacturers of pharmaceuticals do their best work and make their biggest sales when people are scared.

The usual boring admonitions apply: wash your hands, stay well-rested and well-hydrated. It would be better if you use alcohol-based hand sanitizers after you wash your hands or when you’re out in public to prevent this infection.

People who work with swine are at increased risk of this virus because it is more of an airborne, you cannot get SIV from eating pork. The symptoms of the swine flu from human to human are much like that of seasonal flu. Common symptoms include fever, lethargy, lack of appetite and coughing, while runny nose, sore throat, nausea, vomiting and diarrhea have also been reported. It is believed to be spread between humans through coughing or sneezing of infected people and touching something with the virus on it and then touching their own nose or mouth. Swine flu cannot be spread by pork products, since the virus is not transmitted through food, as stated before, this is airborne. Although it is an airborne virus, people here in the Philippines are so cautious with eating pork.

Critical Alert: The Swine Flu Pandemic – Fact or Fiction? (AA)

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