Skip to comments.Officials Find Swine Flu Hits Minorities Harder
Posted on 08/20/2009 1:58:02 AM PDT by Daisyjane69
There are, however, other reasons why minorities seem to be more at risk of swine flu. Low-income parents have a harder time keeping their sick children home from school.
"For some parents in lower-wage jobs, if they don't show up at work, they don't get paid, and people may already be on the economic margins," Barry says. "So parents were desperate to get some of these children back in school."
As a result, there were many sick, contagious kids in Boston classrooms this spring. Because of the economic pressures and demographics of the Boston school system, most of them turned out to be black or Hispanic.
(Excerpt) Read more at npr.org ...
My sweetie teaches on the South Side of Chicago at a 100% minority school! yikes.
Well we must immediately sue the flu !
Call the EEOC.
The flu is unfairly singling out certain groups in the population for flu-like symptoms.
Or... we could just infect the other groups in the population to the same percentage level as the most affected group... and everything would be equal and fair !
But we could get a huge settlement from the lawsuit...
use good handwashing techniques, get enough sleep, fish oil, vitamin c, and d, and drink plenty of fluids...
Latex body suits. Bubble helmets.
Think of the stimulus money...
At least they will have swine flu vaccine available for shots; I’ve advised my college-aged children and other family members to avoid the inoculations like the plague.
It’s not just kids either. Most adults that work for an hourly wage won’t stay home when sick because they can’t afford to lose pay. The whole family might be sick but the parents send the kids to school and then go to work sick. My company has already said that anybody that shows up with a fever will be sent to the doctor immediately and not allowed to work until they are better.
You know, that’s a good point. My son manages a restaurant. Wonder what their policy is going to be.
Not enough vaccine
To cover all the people.
Gummint to decide.
Or protect “victim” races?
It’s a no brainer!
Just cut out the Whites.
They’re oppressors, after all.
They had a good run.
Look at the future.
A Preview of what’s to come
GMTA! How dare this flu pick on the poor, the down-trodden, and the Democrat voters.
Did the evil Cheney design this with the approval of Bush, or did Soros pay for this flu in order to take out those who would not do his bidding? Only time will tell, but I am certain the lamestream media will sound byte the flu news to death and have everyone conditioned in a short matter of time to believe what they (the lamestream media) believe.
Malthusian Theory put into action? Interesting !
My kid’s in grad school now, but during college and now grad school, he’s never missed a class.
What does that mean? He’s gone to class sick a few times. He says he “drugs” himself up in order to make a class, which means an OTC non-drowsy cold medicine.
Problem is, in some college classes, and grad classes, the profs offer no make up opportunities, and aren’t real willling to accept the excuse, “I wss sick.” Most classes are 3 hours, once a week, and if you miss one, you’ve missed a lot of material. Hopefully, the profs will be more forgiving if there’s a flu outbreak.
It will be interesting to see what happens
when the Swine flu starts hitting Muslim populations
Something we are not hearing much about as yet.
My goodness gracious ! You sound both anti-viral, and anti-bacterial ! That would be reverse deslimination and very close to being a pro-human zealot !
What was Jackie Chiles number...
Btw, this is an OTC remedy to battle the flu. The FDA has approved it for this use.
Here is a link to a fellow FReeper site and more information:
My local Walgreen carries it under that name and also a copycat version of the same thing.
Sue the virus. It’s racism.
I just read the page, interesting. Problem is, does this boost the immune system? From what I’ve read the reason that flus similar to this swine flu kill more young people and healthy people is that they impact people with a healthy immune response more than a less efficient immune response. They kill by causing a cytokine storm...which is an overstimulation of the immune system. So I’d be interested to know if this is an immune booster. I’ll have to do more research on it.
You'll be immortal.
I don’t know but you may be right.
One thing I HAVE been able to confirm is that Vitamin D WILL play a role in keeping the flu at bay.
I gotta see if I can dig that one up. Organization isn’t my strong suit.
FLASH: Atty. General Holder will have Swine Flu indicted for ‘Hate Crimes’.
“For some parents in lower-wage jobs, if they don’t show up at work, they don’t get paid, and people may already be on the economic margins,”
...I an SOOO sick and tired of this argument. Choices have consequences. You chose your job. Then you chose to have children. The children part was a bad choice. Guess it’s time to raise minimum wage to $100 an hour AND force companies to pay employees whether they show up or not to stop all of this needless pain and anguish. ~sarc
I’m a huge proponent of vitamin D and it’s okay as far as immune response. I have MS and they don’t want you taking things that boost the immune system, like echinacea, but they insist on keeping vitamin D levels up. My neuro does vitamin D tests and if my vitamin D levels get low I go on a high dose (50,000 units per week) and then back off to 2,000 per day. I didn’t know that about vitamin D and it’s flu connection though. Thanks for the info.
... minorities seem to be more at risk of swine flu. Low-income parents have a harder time keeping their sick children home from school.
Uh... the facts shows they have a hard time keeping them IN SCHOOL.
Look up any inner city school's stats and see the attendance compared to the state average. They're major truants.
Actually, I should say this one thing here, in the interest of honesty.
I mentioned that my sweetie teaches on the south side of Chicago, but I should have mentioned that it is a private Catholic school. My lack of clarity contributed to a misimpression, and that is my fault. These are self-paying minority parents...vouchers are not legal in Chicago as they are in Cleveland.
Because the parents actually pay for tuition, they make sure the kids attend (what a concept!). Their attendance is in the 93% range.
I don’t wanna think about the public schools on the south side, however.
Freudian slip of the day award?
I'm listening to an online Chi PD Scanner right now, it covers all of Chi. You can't believe what goes on so early in the morning. So I hope your 'sweetie' takes a safe route, or the safest possible, to and from his school.
(1) Yesterday I checked out my old Elem & HS in Chicago. They're now both pathetic examples of what a school should be. Attendance (Truancy) is a major problem. Along with Test Scores.
Hey! A ThreeFer...
“Poor, Minorities, Children” hardest hit. If they had bothered to toss “Single Moms” in...we’d have seen the *very* rare “Four-Fer”.
That phrase strikes me as funny.
<Most classes are 3 hours, once a week, and if you miss one, youve missed a lot of material. Hopefully, the profs will be more forgiving if theres a flu outbreak.
I teach in a grad school with classes just like that. If I am sick, I drag myself in and teach for the same reason your son drags himself in. Fortunately, so far I haven’t been terribly sick on the days I have class, just some sneezing and hoarse voice. It’s a really hard decision to miss class if you are truly ill and most profs I know will try to make it in and then go home right after class.
If there is a swine flu outbreak here (I actually thought I had it myself earlier this month, but now am not sure), of course I will have to be accommodating to sick students. I’m not the unfeeling bi$ch in the classroom that I am online. :)
Almost everything students do for me is in electronic format, so they can do their reading and assignments at home and email them to me. It would be harder for students to keep up if I taught a lab science.
Teaching moment. Invite the flu over for a beer at the White House.
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