Let me just state that this Swine Flu is a valid and so far more than 1516 people have been confirmed to have the virus worldwide. Nope not pretty, I have been really impressed with the speed the world has taken up cautions, how easy it is now to buy Swine Flu masks on sale and all the notices to the public.
Just last week I got a notice from the school the kids go to warning all parents to take precautions and to inform authorities if we have returned from a vacation to Mexico. It went on to explain that they have emergency plans in place and according to the NHS guidelines they are doing everything they can to prevent the pandemic from reaching them.
I was impressed…
Impressed by the sense of panic they were instilling in everyone. Faster than anything else the panic virus has spread through the world. News is full of the washed hog bug and new victims are shown on TV walking into hospitals, smiling at cameras and getting shots.
Just yesterday an email was received sent by the children’s mother in an absolute state of panic, while sipping her chocolate laced latte in the States. It stated that at the first sign of flu we must take the children to the doctor and if we (the children’s father or I) get the flu we MUST wear masks at ALL times so as not to infect the kids..
Mexico has reported 822 laboratory confirmed human cases of infection, including 29 deaths. The United States has reported 403 laboratory confirmed human cases, including one death.
The following countries have reported laboratory confirmed cases of Swine Flu with no deaths – Austria (1), Canada (165), China, Hong Kong Special Administrative Region (1), Colombia (1), Costa Rica (1), Denmark (1), El Salvador (2), France (4), Germany (9), Guatemala (1), Ireland (1), Israel (4), Italy (5), Netherlands (1), New Zealand (6), Portugal (1), Republic of Korea (2), Spain (57), Switzerland (1) and the United Kingdom (27).
Paranoia is spreading and I find myself contemplating stocking up my cupboards like Vicola (Swine Flu – Preparedness – Are YOU Ready?), one just never knows but sadly it seems Swine Flu masks are sold out. The good news though is that normal regular masks are in stock. Thank goodness because I’d hate to infect anyone with the flu or any other kind of passer-on-bug.
Now my biggest worry about all of this is, if this is how the public and governments react to the Swine Flu how will everyone act when they hear about HIV/AIDS? I don’t know about you but I’m really worried about what will happen if this is the panic for Swine Flu, can you just imagine the panic with HIV/AIDS?
Regional/Global HIV/AIDS Statistics (Global Health Reporting)
… Imagine …