SWINE FLU. Exaggerated? Did anyone you know have it?

@GemmaR (8526)
May 24, 2009 7:13am CST
Do you think the government exaggerated the swine flu outbreak? I know for a fact that I haven't seen it on the news for quite some time now, so I assumed that it was pretty much over! Do you know anyone who contracted it? Was your work/school affected?
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@Opal26 (17691)
• United States
25 May 09
Hey Gemma~ No, I don't think that the government exaggerated the swine flu outbreak! Here in NY where I live there has been a large amount of people getting sick within the last two weeks and quite a few of the schools in NYC had to be closed. One of the Assistant Principals of the schools did die from it so it isn't something to be taken lightly! It is still very much in the news and it is still a very deadly and dangerous flu! So I wouldn't count it out yet and I would still take the necessary precautions that the government has advised!
@GemmaR (8526)
27 May 09
Wow well I'm sorry to hear that NY has been hit badly. I'm just thankful that it isn't half as bad as that over here as yet. I guess it might be though if it's got that bad over there, so I will carry on taking precautions! Thanks for responding!
• Philippines
24 May 09
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• United States
24 May 09
Yes I think the press has taken this way over board. I think it's just another thing to blame Mexico for . I live in Mexico and there has not been one case of it in the whole state. I mean we should always be careful and wash our hands , and cover our mouths when we sneeze . But some people were starting to panic over this, there was no need for panic . You can't stop living life because of something the press tells you
@rsa101 (13336)
• Philippines
28 May 09
Well it is continually spreading to this date. In our place we have our first 4 cases at hand and there is no local infection spreading from our side. But then we are made aware of it so that we can see if there are indeed local cases spreading since the first or second case detected was able to attend a wedding in one province. So local officials are looking into if the virus has already spread in that place where the wedding was held since the foreigner was able to mingle with lots of visitors and guests there. So far none has been reported positive. I hope the cases would not spread as there is no local vaccine for this yet. Only medication is given and the medicine is really high.
@ladym33 (11008)
• United States
28 May 09
Nope I did not know anyone who added. There was only one person in my entire county that had it. So it did not really spread in the immediate area where I live. There were more people in the next county over. But not a lot close to me. I am really glad about that, as I have three children in public schools. The one person that had it in the county was an adult.
• United States
28 May 09
The college campus here had an incident of 3 students contracting it but that was it. Suprisingly the school never closed (it was around exams?) and things went to normal by the end of the week, the local media was hanging around here. I visited Main St all throughout that week as I normally and I saw the regular amound of students walking around and I think they didn't want to panic either. I think i did drive around with our windows shut the very first day the news broke, something I do not like because Im claustrophobic like that. But the very next day I let it go and figured my kids and I are taking our vitamins, eating our fruits and veggies and let it go.
@cynthiann (18619)
• Jamaica
25 May 09
No, it is not over by any means. Soldiers in Afghanistan have now gone down with it. I think that it is more contained as people are taking precAutions and hopefully this will help tpo prevent the s[read of the disease. I don't think that we shopuld become lax though as it will flait up again. Anf if it mutates then there will be worse problems. News is news and they are always looking for something new to report about. Believe me, it hasn't gone away. Blessings
@russso (1701)
• Philippines
25 May 09
It has not affected anyone that I know, but there are reports that the virus is already in our country. I have to admit that it has gotten me scared, somehow. But this fear that I have is mostly because of the stuff that I hear on the news. I switch channels whenever the reports are about the H1N1 Virus. It's creating fear and amongst people, I don't like it. I have heard of stories saying that it is a conspiracy and all these exaggeration's merely to help a med company sell its flu meds. It is highly possible! It would not help if people panic.
@xhaylea (363)
25 May 09
Hmm, i think that maybe it has been over exaggerated now, but in a way its a good thing, as its sorta like a wake up call, telling everyone to be more hygenic which is a very good thing, what i do think is over the top though is that since this swine flu has been mentioned all over the world, people are thinking they actually have it when it may just be a normal cold which will pass. On the news there was these people who live about 10 mins away from me who had swine flu (in the uk) and the school was also shut down.
@lawana_f (327)
• United States
24 May 09
I think the people exaggerated it. That is not to say that it is not deadly; but more people die from the annual flu every year than from this type of flu and still people refuse to get a flu shot. I was in Utah when they closed a few schools there, but I have not heard much about it since I got back home.