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Swine flu/Schweinegrippe: Media hype or real danger?
Posted April 27th, 2009 - 1:42 pm by from Berlin, Germany (Permalink)
First off, I am not sure if this is the right place to post this, but I wanted to have some opinions from people who have booked one of the super cheap flights to the US:
have you followed the media coverage about the swine flu that started in Mexico? It's been (only) three days now since I first heard about it and it already made its way to the top news on the Tagesschau (I guess today's top news will be that Klinsmann got fired).
Today the EU already warns about flights to Mexico/USA and apparently the first case also appeared in Europe (Spain) now (some guy returning from Mexico).
Now my question: do you really think this is something we should all be worried about or do you think this is just another exaggeration of the media trying to make all the people panic?
How do you think the situation will develop? Do we have to fear a pandemic? And as a traveller, do you think that the officials will take any measures for us when we get to the US or come back from there (e.g. quarantine)?
I know this sounds a bit far fetched still, but who knows how the situation will be like in three weeks from now.
I for myself am not too worried but still following the news, because I think this could be an important matter for us who will travel to the US in the coming weeks.
So, please try to be as objective and factual as possible when debating this.
Thanks for your opinions.

Posted April 27th, 2009 - 6:01 pm by from Berlin, Germany (Permalink)
I think it looks scary but Ashley thinks it is no big deal... Seriously, how big is the change to get infected and everybody dies?
So far nobody died in the US, but in Mexico... Maybe due to the worst medical conditions or because it first appeared there and nobody was expecting it?

I am still going - twice

Posted April 27th, 2009 - 6:07 pm from Berlin, Germany
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Posted April 29th, 2009 - 4:29 pm by from Boston, United States (Permalink)
Don't let the media FUD (Fear, Uncertainty, Doubt) hype get to you.

Those at fatal risk are those who are susceptible to the typical flu virus in the first place (infants, the elderly, and those with weakened immune systems).

There is a very rare chance you'll contract this strain of the flu right now - you're far more likely to be run over by an automobile or choke on your food.

If you are a healthy adult, even if you were to contract this particular strain, you're likely to be able to survive it on your own, but that's obviously not what would happen. If you somehow got sick on your trip with flu symptoms, you're going to find yourself surrounded by some of the best damn medical care possible (not that you would "enjoy" such care, but anyways)...

Remember, this is a PANDEMIC (worldwide disease), but not yet an EPIDEMIC (disease spreading beyond expectations, no longer contained).

Don't cancel your plans and don't get too worried. Mexico City is a very different place from Boston & New York.

Posted April 30th, 2009 - 10:11 am by from Berlin, Germany (Permalink)
Thanks Mike,
I am sure nobody is super concerned here...
See you

Posted May 1st, 2009 - 1:02 pm by from Berlin, Germany (Permalink)
No, as I said, I'm not too worried, but it really seems to spread further.
In the meantime the reported number of deaths has been reduced to seven in Mexico (compared to over 150 before).
What's also confusing is that they say that unlike normally it's NOT just children or older people who are affected, BUT adult people like you and me.
I can't say how good my immune system is prepared for it, but I will certainly not cancel my flight or change my plans or such! Not even in my dreams!
Of course Mexico is not the USA but it's on the same continent. And I guess that it has also a lot to do with medical care. I can imagine that poorer countries would have to struggle more with the consequences of a swine flu epidemic.
Oh and I think a pandemic is potentially more dangerous than an epidemic - at least I think a worldwide disease is worse than a disease that's locally limited.
Anyways, I'm following the news on it with interest, not with concern (except for those infected)!