There are quite a few kids that are out sick with the flu in both of my daughters schools. Even some of the more conservative parents are panicking. This is the perfect “never let a crisis go to waste” moment for the pissantOTUS.
When I hear of high absentee rates lately, I can't help but wonder how many are really "sick enough" (in traditional terms) to stay home, and how many are cowed by the media's constant exhortations to stay home if you have a cough or a sniffle . . .
In any case, I saw on a medical site (forget which) that the swine flu is contagious a full day before symptons appear.
Our county health commissioner and local hospital declared that anyone with symptoms will be "assumed to have the swine flu". The problem is my wife had the symptoms two weeks ago, went to the doctor and was told it was simply an upper respiratory infection. My neighbor's four kids were all sick, all were tested by their doctor and none of them had the swine flu.
There are thousands of viruses and seasonal infections that share the symptoms of the swine flue, if health officials simply assume it's the flu instead of actually testing to confirm it, any claims of a widespread epidemic are suspect.
Imagine kids being out of school with the flu. Why this has NEVER happened before.
Albie, like you said, this is the a never let a crisis go to waste moment for sure. And some on our side have been more than thrilled to help panic people. (I’m not referring to you here. Just wanted to make sure you knew it.)
One of our local stations described the symptoms this way. The H1N1 symptoms have been mild compared to some other influenza outbreaks. And that’s the way it is, Saturday, October 24, 2009.
This is just a dry run - see Martial Law posted last week at http://www.freerepublic.com/focus/bloggers/2367063/posts?page=33
My son came down with some sort of illness - fever, coughing, etc. The doctor said it was probably the flu, but that the test to be sure was unreliable and therefore he didn’t use it. He gave us some Tamaflu and we took him home. He had only really seemed sick for about 3 days.
All of us had the flu shot (not the H1N1/swine shot, just the usual seasonal flu shot). So I suppose it was the regular flu, and he had mild symptoms because he’d been immunized. Or it could be H1N1.
My other son has it now, and if anything the symptoms look even milder in him. In any case, many kids around here are going through the same thing. I would hardly call it a reason to panic.
I am not sure that all the suspected cases might not be protective parents or just garden variety “colds.” Daughter was sick for 2 days before really thot she had “swine flu” and the docs we have spoken to are not advocating screening/testing for most suspected cases.
Thou shouldst not take pissants screen name in vain! lol!
Pissant as POTUS would definitely be a change to believe in! :)
Hell yes it trumps everything...who cares if you have a job, house, money, etc if your kid dies from the flu...yes in most people’s minds the kids come first....I can’t speak for your household though...I am sure that you would rather Obama worry just about jobs but kids are more important especially since they are dropping like flies.