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Swine Flu Reporting Facts

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Why does the media report things out of perspective? When you look at the “real” facts surounding Influenza or the flu, 20,000-40,000 Americans die annually from Influenza / flu symptoms or complications. To date, there have been only a few confirmed deaths related to Swine flu.

Why did the media not report the number of confirmed cases of individuals infected with Swine flu that recovered with no need for special medications or treatments. The reality of Swine flu is that it’s just another strain of flu. Apparently, reporting one or two deaths creates more of a market for all of the products folks want to sell for wellness and health care.

The spin doctors in the media, school boards, and government agencies will now claim that because of the panic, awareness, school closings, travel alerts, and the slaughtering of pigs in the hundreds of thousands around the globe a major pandemic was avoided.

When the next strain of flu comes around or potentially threatening virus, let’s keep cool heads and look at the facts and numbers.

I applaud the Texas Rangers, the Dallas Mavericks, Dallas ISD, and other organizations for keeping cool heads and looking at the facts and numbers related to this issue.

May 6, 2009 |

Swine Flu – The Great American Sham

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Swine Flu is the great American sham. Why? because for the first time in my adult life I’ve never seen so many Americans go into a panic that is nearly baseless. I’m all for precautions and I’m not taking this lightly by any means.

After doing some of my own research starting at WebMD they state that only one US death has been reported and nearly all of the original 66 confirmed reports recovered with no medications. They also go on to state that two medications alleviate Swine flu symptoms; Tamiflu and Relenza. What are the death or annual statistics for any other flu virus we see annually?

Our local school district has closed for a week, school events have been cancelled all because of one report of a child in a day care that “may” have Swine flu.

The other night I was at the emergency room with my daughter. The emergency room was nearly empty. While waiting, I had an opportunity to talk with one of the nurses regarding Swine flu. She said she was sick and tired of hearing all the hype and mis-information…It’s just a flu. Are we going to panic next year when there is another new strain of the flu?

Now, the panic is at a point where it is going to affect our economy both nationally and locally. VP Joe Biden further added to the panic by telling folks not to travel or go shopping.

Around the globe there are news reports of countries banning pork products and slaughtering pigs by the thousands. Swine flu is turning into the greatest health sham of 2009.

The precautions are no different than for any other flu virus.

Wash your hands and go shopping

May 4, 2009 |
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