The World Health Organization declares a global flu pandemic

#4
Dear God, it can't be true! RUN FOR THE HILLS CHILDREN, RUUUUUUUN!!!
 
#5
Am I right in thinking that all this means is it's spreading globally, rather than that it's particularly serious? If so, what's the story?
 
#6
If we are all going to die I'd better start drinking all the wine I have been squirrelling away.................:)
 
#7
Yes, Poppy, we're all going to die. Not necessarily of swine flu though. Or indeed any time soon.
 

Grownup_Rafbrat

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#8
As the BBC said this morning - 'The disease isn't getting more serious, just more widespread'.

That doesn't sell papers though.

And is 'global pandemic' tautology?
 
#9
DeltaDog said:
Am I right in thinking that all this means is it's spreading globally, rather than that it's particularly serious? If so, what's the story?
I refer you to my post just above yours....its about geography. Be aware however that whilst many may take the michael regarding the seriousness of this pandemic, it is different in many ways because those who have become seriously ill have not been from the normal affected groups (old, inferm etc).
It is also spreading rapidly in Aus and S America as they are entering their Winter when influenza type illnesses are traditionally more active.

I am guessing will will see a big increase in numbers come September
 
#11
Magdovus said:
Yes, Poppy, we're all going to die. Not necessarily of swine flu though. Or indeed any time soon.
Don't be discouraged from drinking the wine, though Pops - you know you'll be bidding on more for another charity auction soon enough! ;)
 
#14
DozyBint said:
Magdovus said:
Yes, Poppy, we're all going to die. Not necessarily of swine flu though. Or indeed any time soon.
Don't be discouraged from drinking the wine, though Pops - you know you'll be bidding on more for another charity auction soon enough! ;)
I can't remember where I hid that case..........I am saving it for a special occasion. There was a case on my doorstep when I staggered home at 0030 last night though :)
 
#16
DozyBint said:
Grownup_Rafbrat said:
And is 'global pandemic' tautology?
Since when have the rules of the English language had ANYTHING to do with journalism?! :?
Nothing to do with journalism. More to do with the reference points used by prev med specialists to describe the spread of a disease - eg Pandemic (a continent) Global pandemic - you get my drift
 
#17
Quick question?

Have any Arrsers had it yet? How was it (as Flu's go)?

Does anybody else think that it might be a good idea to let this spread now, in the hope that an immunity developed whilst it's still relativley mild would protect us against more virulant strains later down the line?
 

terroratthepicnic

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#18
I can't wait for it to arrive big time in the UK. All the illegals are likely to start dying as they won't want to go to hospital.

But if I get it, it's an excuse to stay in bed and claim man flu.
 
#19
jimnicebutdim said:
Quick question?

Have any Arrsers had it yet? How was it (as Flu's go)?

Does anybody else think that it might be a good idea to let this spread now, in the hope that an immunity developed whilst it's still relativley mild would protect us against more virulant strains later down the line?

Doesn't work like that. Virus have a habit of mutating, so if you try and induce mass infection during "mild" conditions, you almost certainly run the risk of mutation and then kicking us right in the gonnads just as winter sets in
 
#20
drain_sniffer said:
jimnicebutdim said:
Quick question?

Have any Arrsers had it yet? How was it (as Flu's go)?

Does anybody else think that it might be a good idea to let this spread now, in the hope that an immunity developed whilst it's still relativley mild would protect us against more virulant strains later down the line?

Doesn't work like that. Virus have a habit of mutating, so if you try and induce mass infection during "mild" conditions, you almost certainly run the risk of mutation and then kicking us right in the gonnads just as winter sets in
So even if I were to catch it tomorrow, I may still catch it again?
Do you reckon I could use it as an excuse for a sicky?
 

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