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Thursday, April 30, 2009

Okay, what's the deal with this swine flu? Should we be concerned? Run out and buy masks? Stop hugging people at church? No more hands on grocery carts? What do you think?

I'm not one to get into a panic these days. I take the necessary precautions and go on with life. I've lived long enough to know what will happen, will happen. But for those of you concerned, here's your tip for the day:


Okay, maybe there's more to it than that. I don't know. But one thing I do know, never cough in a public place. I coughed yesterday in Walmart and people scattered for miles. 

On one radio station the reports make me think I should board up my house and become a hermit. Another radio station acts as though it's no big deal whatsoever.  

So which is it? 
Diann Hunt  
posted at 6:57 AM  
  Comments (17)
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At 9:56 AM, Blogger Cathy Shouse said...


This is a great topic. It is hard to know what to make of the situation. I can't remember the details of SARS, the bird flu. Did we have cases in the US?

Obviously, a lot more people from the states go to Mexico than China. So the chance of exposure seems much greater with this.

It does put things in perspective as far as the financial crisis, doesn't it? Lives are more important that money, in case we needed the reminder.


At 9:58 AM, Blogger Colleen Coble said...

From what I've read it's not a big deal. The regular flu has killed way more people. Flu is never fun. I'll just live normally.

At 10:31 AM, Blogger Valerie said...

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At 10:36 AM, Blogger Valerie said...

Well, I always use a sani-wipe on the shopping carts and am pretty diligent about washing my hands.

Now, can we get rid of the mandatory "meet-n-greet" in the middle of the song service at church? :) (I use a sani-wipe after that, too!)

At 10:41 AM, Blogger Diann Hunt said...

Actually, regardless of the swine flu thing, the sani-wipe sounds like a good idea, Valerie! My mom does that, too. I need to be more diligent with that.

At 11:51 AM, Blogger The Farmer's Wife said...

One of my friends is a Montana Pork Board executive (yeah, I know, can you believe the people in high places I know...) and according to the information she got, if you are diligent about washing your hands after every public contact and are in good health otherwise, you should be good.

We live so far away from civilization that those steps won't be a problem. But in more populous areas, I would think you'd be more cautious, particularly if you are an older person or have very young children.

I think sometimes the media likes to whip people into a frenzy, over things that are worrisome, yes, but not devastating.

Good question, and I'm interested to see what the guidelines are across the country for this.

At 1:32 PM, Blogger Rhonda/WA state said...

Whenever I get home from shopping, I wash my hands. When in the store and handling meat, I use Bath & Body Work's Vanilla hand sanitizer. Smells sooo good.

I, too, think the media, government, or whoever tries to whip it into a frenzy. All we have to remember is that God is in control. This stuff is all in the Bible. Take a look at what's going on in the world. It's going to happen no matter what we do. God is in control.

Well, I'm off to the backyard with the weeds. Yuck. Wish they'd get the flu.

At 2:12 PM, Anonymous Hannah said...

I think that the media has gotten way out of control on its reports about swine flu. They tell people not to panic, and then they show pics of airplane passengers wearing face masks. Yes, we need to be clean and healthy, yes we should not sneeze on the people next to us. But I don't think we should be holing up in our bedrooms until the news says it's safe to come out.

My life is in God's hands. I'm figuring a flu isn't gonna wrestle it out of that hold. :)

At 4:41 PM, Blogger Michelle V said...

As a general rule I'm a little on the germophobe side, but in this case I'm getting a little annoyed with all the call to panic. I think it's serious, yes, and we need to all use common sense, but much of the media is sounding like people should stay home and bar the door. In fact, I found out today that this strain isn't an airborne strain. Wash your hands and keep sick people at home!

At 4:49 PM, Blogger hotcoffeenow said...

LOL at the coughing thing.....I thought about amusing myself by coughing whenever I'm around people just to see their reaction, but that's not very nice, lol.

I'm thinking I'm not going out to eat at the Mexican restaurant tonight, but I'm not hiding in my house either. And as an admitted germaphobe, I wish we'd stop the handshaking thing at church. I already have to sit out the times they decide to do communion at the front with baskets of bread that everyone touches and rips a piece off....ugh.


At 5:29 PM, Blogger Sarah said...

I like to take things in the order in which they come. So, I refuse to get swine flu until I've had bird flu first.

Actually, I'm a huge worrier, but so far, not too concerned about this one. I totally freaked out about bird flu, and does anyone know anybody who got that?

Apparently you can't get swine flu from eating pork, which was my first concern. And if you catch it within the first 48 hours, the doctor can give you something to reduce the symptoms before they get too severe.

So I'm going to stock up on some cleaning supplies and hand sanitizer in case the media creates enough panic to cause a rush on those items, and I'm just leaving it at that.

At 9:47 PM, Blogger Mocha with Linda said...

Well, I've been really aggravated about the way the media and even the CDC has blown this waaay out of proportion. The districts here haven't cancelled school - yet! - but they've cancelled all extracurricular activities and field trips - even a track meet, which is OUTDOORS!! It's ridiculous, considering how many people get ill and die from other diseases (or their complications) such as the regular flu and other things - foodborne diseases alone cause 5,000 deaths each year. Last year 95 kids died from the "regular" flu and this winter there were lots of kids absent from school with strep and other things, but they didn't close school or postpone activities. RSV killed over 2,000 people, but they aren't shutting down day cares and nursing homes. And over 60,000 people die from pneumonia each year, much of which is related to flu. There are HOW MANY people in the USA and there are a little more than 100 cases? Gee, let me do the math and see how tiny of a percentage that is! (Actually, July 2008 figures are USA population is 304,059,724. So 100 people is .000000329, or .0000329%, which I think is 300,000ths of one percent!)

In case you can't tell, this is just a little soapbox of mine. I'm an RN, and I wish people would use their heads.

At 3:26 AM, Blogger Pam S. said...

The swine flu reporting reminds me of the story of the chicken running around saying, "The sky is falling! The sky is falling!" Sheesh! The media drives me crazy some days.

At 10:29 AM, Blogger Diann Hunt said...

Great comments, everyone! Stay healthy! :-)

At 10:33 AM, Blogger Georgiana said...

I blogged on this the other day, and I'm basically not worried either since we have the medicine here in the US to combat it. However, my nerves went willy nilly this morning when I saw this morning in the paper that our town has its first likely case. Ugh.

At 11:15 AM, Blogger Deena said...

Bottom line, trust God and be wise. I got sick from something I ate, and panicked with a small infant in my home as well as a new momma.

God got ahold of me and told me "TRUST ME" and I calmed down. We cannot be people of panic...we MUST be people of TRUST.

At 10:21 PM, Blogger Kristin said...

We've got four schools in our district closed, but I have to say I'm not too worried about it. My kids have good, healthy immune systems, and I've sent them to school with antibacterial and told them to stay away from anyone coughing, etc.

I just think it's so easy to get worked up about everything anymore. I'm more concerned about the Supreme Court. : )


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