"Based on the most current information from the Centers for Disease Control and Prevention (CDC), we have been advised that the H1N1 flu is no more severe than the flu we commonly see, though it does represent a different strain of virus. The CDC has determined that closing schools will not stop the spread of the virus, since social gathering will continue outside of schools, and transmission may occur before symptoms are evident. Our best defense continues to be good hygiene and making sure those who are sick stay home."
In other words - this whole "H1N1" thing is not going to be any worse than any other flu season. I checked out the CDC's website and found basically the same information as given in the memo. The CDC tries to couch the information in the worst possible light, but obviously they have told at least one school district that this is not going to be a big deal as long as normal, sensible hygiene precautions are taken.
The question for me is - Where is this being said in the news? We continue to hear all the cries of "pandemic" flu season. The CDC report does say that visits to doctors regarding flu are up - but, that would make sense to me given all the hype about it.
“In other words - this whole “H1N1” thing is not going to be any worse than any other flu season.”
That’s right. The big death toll south of the equator never happened, and their flu season is nearly over now.....down there, it is now the equivalent of the end of March.
Any reports of widespread influenza activity in September are very unusual.
That's half the country.
Bear in mind that "pandemic" has to do with the spread of disease and not the severity of disease.
I have several friends who have had confirmed cases of H1N1 Swine Flu. Their symptoms ranged from practically nothing to congestion with a fever.
IMHO, the Swine Flu has been greatly oversold.
Question: What is the difference between Bird Flu and Swine Flu?
Answer: For bird flu you need tweetment and for swine flu you need oinkment.
Just watch the left hand folks, just the left hand.