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Hand Washing

Today is Internernational Hand Washing Day… or was that International Hand Wringing Day?

Are any of you out there truly worried about the swine flu?

7 comments to Hand Washing

  • Mark

    I am personally not worried about having serious complications from contracting the Swine flu. I’m a very healthy middle-aged man.

    The Swine flu is more contagious and virulent than the standard strains of influenza. We all know that influenza kills thousands of people across the world annually. It is especially dangerous for people with weakened immune systems or who are otherwise more susceptible to complications. My father is currently in an immuno-compromised condition and as such, is one of those people who would probably die if he contracted the flu (Swine or otherwise). I am worried for him.

    All of the attention given to preventing the spread of Swine flu is good. Flu season is now just beginning and we are already seeing wide outbreaks of Swine flu and deaths. With the winter months coming it will only get worse. Educating people to maintain cleanliness and to get themselves immunized will go a long way towards heading off huge numbers of deaths. I have no doubt that by next Spring the number of deaths due to Swine flu will amount to one of the worst flu epidemics on record. Just think of how much worse it would be if all of the health information (and some of it is indeed hype) were not distributed.

    You’ve got your head in the sand if you think there’s absolutely nothing to worry about and that all of the talk about Swine flue is just hype. But with proper personal and public precautions, serious outbreaks that close down public services, inundate health care systems, and keep people confined to their homes will be avoided. There are a lot of people who just don’t understand what they need to do to keep themselves healthy unless it is pounded repeatedly into their heads.

    • That’s a great method: Keep people health by pounding things into peoples’ heads. And why can’t all these healthy people understand what it takes to be healthy? Yeah!

      • Mark

        All you have to do is look at the rates of obesity and smoking in our country to realize that so many people don’t understand what they need to do to maintain their health.

        So few people follow the 5 basic rules for a healthy life:
        Don’t smoke
        Maintain an appropriate body weight
        Get at least moderate exercise
        Eat a healthy diet with lots of fruits and vegetables
        Drink alcohol in moderation (1-2 drinks per day)

        Despite the fact that this information has been available for decades, too many people just don’t get it. That’s why they need to be told repeatedly.

        • HareTrinity

          I agree that the fuss over swine flu has its positives, especially as it may help combat normal flu as well.

          At the same time, I’m not sure that listing what people should and shouldn’t do in such black and white perspectives is healthy either.

          You should do at least one thing per day for your own happiness, be it a cigarette or a chocolate bar. Mental health is important for physical health, and you don’t need to be a health nut to be healthy in both. Freedom of choice and our ability to consciously do good for OURSELVES once in a while is healthy.

  • Jacob

    I wasnt till yesterday. I personally knew a person who has died and have a friend who has a 10 year old in the hospital on a breathing machine because of it. Of course, based on stats I think it is rather odd that I know two people who have been affected…

  • Kevin

    “I have no doubt that by next Spring the number of deaths due to Swine flu will amount to one of the worst flu epidemics on record”

    errr wasn’t there a bad flu in say, 1917?

    let’s say the combined flu and Sflu deaths will be greater than in a regular year.

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