||[Apr. 26th, 2009|10:10 pm]
Listen in, listen Ian!
So while we're all keeping an eye on the chickens, the pigs have snuck in on the blind side? Clever wallahs, pigs.|
(OMG we're all going to die innit. I hope it clears up before June. Still, an American on the news has just said that anyone with even the slightest sniffle tomorrow should stay home. Does that apply here?)
The BA crew member turned out not to have it, but a family in Wellingborough are staying in until they've been checked, and there are suspect(confirmed?) cases in Scotland. Also cases in France and Spain.
You might want to wear a mask in places like the tube, buses.
If you get any flu-like symptoms, go and see your GP (or call him/her out if he/she'll come) and insist on Tamiflu or the other one.
Hard to tell how serous it'll be, but (a) it's a new strain of flu which has killed a noticeable % of the people who've had it so far, (b) it's spread worldwide already now thanks to air travel
It may turn out there's something special about the Mexicans that makes them more likely to die, and it may not be a big deal anywhere else. Or it could be quite nasty. Probably somewhere in-between.
Wise to be cautious, not wise to panic.
On the plus side, since I work with birds and not pigs, I shouldn't have to field too many stupid questions about this one. People seemed to think bird flu spontaneously generated in a large enough concentration of birds, as far as I could tell.
If the media get all "remember 1918 flu!!!!1111", just remember we're a lot healthier now and eat better and breathe better and don't live six to a room. Counts for a lot.
alnya developed the sniffles over the weekend. For all that I've read the news over the last few days I still adopt the "Media hype - It won't happen to us will it?" position. Which may/may not be the attitude to take. But every little sniffle and sore throat can't be the next big outbreak can it?