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Hard News: Swine flu, terror and Susan Boyle

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  • Kerry Weston,

    Two H1N1 case's
    confirmed in Wellington.

    Keep it there for at least another week! I've got one more exam to sit for this semester on the 18th, can't get sick till later.

    Manawatu • Since Jan 2008 • 494 posts Report Reply

  • Hilary Stace,

    Been talking to some insiders in this H1N1 thing. Some good news and bad. The good is that it seems that many people over 60 seem to have a natural immunity, possibly from some global flu-thing in the 1940s. The other good thing is that it seems quite mild at this stage for most people, although could rebound more severely later, so it might be good to get it now. The bad thing is that they estimate at least 1 in 3 people will get it, and probably within the next month or so. So within the next couple of weeks will probably be no point in attempting any quarantine.

    So if you don't want to get it, go into isolation from anyone else now, although that runs the risk getting the worse version later. On the other hand there might be a vaccine by then.

    The main problem is that this is on top of the regular flues etc of winter which already stretch services and resources without having a pandemic to cope with. So probably best to do some planning now about what you and your family will do to lessen impact.

    Wgtn • Since Jun 2008 • 3203 posts Report Reply

  • steven crawford,

    I wonder how we will know its H1N1, if we get it.

    Atlantis • Since Nov 2006 • 4327 posts Report Reply

  • Hilary Stace,

    Seems it's like a quick nasty flu - high temp, aches, pains, coughs. Worse than a cold but shorter and less intense than regular flu. Easy to test for and many are taking tamiflu as soon as symptoms start. But could become a chest infection for some people, which would need antibiotics. I guess we will soon recognise it.

    Wgtn • Since Jun 2008 • 3203 posts Report Reply

  • Sacha,

    From the urge to snuffle, Steven. :)

    Ak • Since May 2008 • 19688 posts Report Reply

  • Hilary Stace,

    Perhaps Russell will give us an H1N1 info page. Probably only a matter of days until a PAS reader has some first hand experience to share. Fortunately, we can't catch it electronically.

    Wgtn • Since Jun 2008 • 3203 posts Report Reply

  • steven crawford,

    I might even have a go at internet grocery shopping for the very first time.

    Atlantis • Since Nov 2006 • 4327 posts Report Reply

  • Kerry Weston,

    Thanks for the update, Hilary. Haven't had my usual going-into-winter flu & I figured the old bod was waiting for mid-semester to crash. I think I'd rather get swine flu sooner rather than later. It will zoom through universities, hospitals, railway stations etc.

    Manawatu • Since Jan 2008 • 494 posts Report Reply

  • Steve Barnes,

    I have, actually, found a use for Wolfram Alpha. It checks various databases for info and I find that its info on Swine Flu reassuring. On the other hand it may just be wrong.
    this updates from those databases. anat init.
    sorry been to pub :-)

    Peria • Since Dec 2006 • 5521 posts Report Reply

  • steven crawford,

    The H1N1 is closing in. The police college has a confirmed case, my partner spent the day with one of the trainees from there. Darnt, darnt, darnt...

    Atlantis • Since Nov 2006 • 4327 posts Report Reply

  • steven crawford,

    Oh and don't even think about making jokes about catching the flue from the police, if I do.

    Atlantis • Since Nov 2006 • 4327 posts Report Reply

  • ScottY,

    The H1N1 is closing in.

    Bollocks. Kerre says it's hogwash. Don't go listening to those so-called experts.

    West • Since Feb 2009 • 794 posts Report Reply

  • steven crawford,

    Kerre says it's hogwash.

    I don't know about that. The police college has suspended all of its training programs this coming week, just for the kick of.

    Atlantis • Since Nov 2006 • 4327 posts Report Reply

  • giovanni tiso,

    I believe ScottY might have been sarcastic. Or ironic: I forget which is which. Anyway, Kerre Woodham is exhibit A in my list of "talentless people who make a career in New Zealand just by sticking around long enough", so I follow her quite religiously.

    Wellington • Since Jun 2007 • 7473 posts Report Reply

  • ScottY,

    Thank you Gio. I've said previously I don't normally do sarcasm on the Lord's Day, but Kerre's artlcle was quite a special event.

    Still, who knows? Talentless people get lucky sometimes..

    West • Since Feb 2009 • 794 posts Report Reply

  • steven crawford,

    We really do need the sarcasm font. (opposite sloping from our italics.

    Atlantis • Since Nov 2006 • 4327 posts Report Reply

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