Swine Flu Update: Mexico Tries to Woo Cruise Ships Back
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As a pharmacist, I agree this WAS blown out of proportion and I am not using hindsight, I have been saying it from the beginning. The media reported over a hundred deaths in Mexico from the first report. Only now is the death toll up to 42, still nowhere near "a large portion of the population" as is required for a pandemic.
I do not blame the CDC, I place all of the blame on the media. Watch any random clip from FOX news and they were using phrases like "millions could die". RIDICULOUS to make statements like that when at that point Mexico had 7 (that's SEVEN) cnfirmed cases. To date there have been about 2000 cases reported worldwide. Statements about proper handwashing techniques, etc. should have been made but to cause this kind of drama with the travel industry already suffering from the economic troubles we are in was irresponsible. As has been stated and was true from the beginning some of the itineraries were changed to places that had already had confirmed cases of the flu...so what was the point? It may have been in the "name" of safety but realistically in a true pandemic no travel would be safe. JMO
Many people are saying that "the media has blown it all way out". Saying that is fine if you know that we have the benefit of hind sight. I was a nurse back in the years that AIDS came into our lives. They did not "blown it all (the) way out. We were not even allowed to use gloves for blood and other body fluids. It only become news when people who were not gay or from Haiti got it. By that time lots of people had been infected. THEN the news started to demand answers. I hope we have learned our lessons. We cannot know how an new flu can turn out. What would you say if they had just said : this "swine" variety is no more virulent than the yearly flu" and then many more died? They could not know how it would turn out. I hope that the people who are in charge will continue to try to keep all of us safe.
Trying to compare AIDS with flu ---- is like comparing apples and oranges -- personal behavior is the primary way AIDS is transmitted -- with any flu -- it's random -- airborne. Yes, it's unfortunate so many had to die from tainted blood transfusions or blood related 'accidents.'But they did not know how it was transmitted.
I am not in the medical field but just KNEW instantly when I saw the two sentence article in Los Angeles Times, back in 1981, that this AIDS thing would be HUGE and DEADLY, and involve people everywhere, far beyond those with any connection to Haiti.
But they did not know how it was transmitted.