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Swine flu – hug a mexican today

In Uncategorized on May 13, 2009 by Alan Lovell Tagged: , , , ,

Joe Collier on BMJ blogs recommends some manoeuvres he’s been following for avoiding Mexican flu, including not travelling east on the Picadilly line. While the Picadilly line advice might seem rather left-field (I believe it’s a baseball analogy) to some, the advice is on the whole pretty common sense stuff. An interesting angle however is presented by one of the comments on the post that suggests that this might be a good time to get said flu, while it’s not particularly virulent (remember that the 1918 flu [which, and I don’t want to worry you, apparently killed around 2.5% of the world’s population!] started off mild then returned the following winter with a vengeance). Perhaps we should follow our parents and grand-parents examples of “measles parties” wherein they took their poor little kiddies along to an infected friend’s house so that they too would get infected and so get over it sooner rather than later. So find someone coughing and looking rough, and give them a nice big hug…

If you’re feeling a little down about the flu, then perhaps a game will cheer you up. Sneeze is an online game wherein you’re a vindictive person with a virus and you have to try and get your virus spread by choosing when and where to sneeze. It’s great fun, particularly when you’re infecting the your fellow commuters at the railway station… I’ll have to try it for real tomorrow morning.

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One Response to “Swine flu – hug a mexican today”

  1. If you look at the pandemic of 1977, when H1N1 or Swine Flu re-emerged after a 20 year absence, there is no shift in age-related mortality pattern. The 1977 “pandemic” is, of course, not considered a true pandemic by experts today, for reasons that are not entierely consistent. It certainly was an antigenic shift and not an antigenic drift. As far as I have been able to follow the current events, the most significant factor seems to have been that most people, who were severely affected, were people with other medical conditions.

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