Swine Flu - is it just a media hype or is it really very dangerous

@amitavroy (4823)
India
August 16, 2009 2:22am CST
Hi friends, i am following the media and really wanted to ask you guys what you feel about this new fear about swine flu. Specially in India it is now shown in an epidemic form. but if you watch closely, there are far to many dangerous problems due to which so many people die every year and still nothing is done about it. Just for example there are far too many people dying because of pneumonia and cholera. then there is malaria which is not getting any attention. if you go to remote areas there are so many places where people die because of bad water supply and hygiene conditions and still no one is focusing there attention to those things.
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@_sketch_ (5709)
• United States
16 Aug 09
Well it's not too strong of an illness it's just that nobody has immunities to it yet because it is new, so our bodies have a harder time learning how to defeat it. And the reason that those other illnesses that you mentioned are getting less attention is because they are happening in poorer countries. It's not right or fair, but the media has always focused more on things that affect the wealthier population. The United States and other wealthy countries don't really get those diseases, so people pay less attention to it. People only care about things that affect them personally.
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• Myanmar
17 Aug 09
16.8.09 ... Myanmar has got 21 H1N1 cases as gifts from the angels . :P No, it is not a media hype. It is really dangerous. WHO claimed that H1N1 virus, not swineflu, is now pandemic dangerous disease. If it cannot be controlled properly, the disease can kill more than 1million. In nineteens, more than 40millions had been killed by real swineflu according to media. So i think the disease is not a media hype. It is really dangerous.
@Celanith (2334)
• United States
17 Aug 09
It is mostly hype and scare tactics to get people to run like scared sheep to get vaccinated it is control of the masses by the media to see how many people will buy into it. I don't trust it one bit and not getting it. There are lots of natural things to take to get well and it is not as deadly as they make it out to be. The vaccines will do more harm than the actual virus which is manufactured in the first place. Don't believe everything the media says they are bought and paid for.
• Belgium
16 Aug 09
I think swine flu is getting the attention because it is very new virus. Our bodies do not have any immunity towards it and we do not have any vaccine for it also. So in that sense the attention that it is getting is reasonable. Also as it spreads from one person to another so it is necessary that we keepa check on it otherwise it can go into bigger proportions that it is now. But it is also correct that there are other places where people die of cholera and malaria as they do not get the required medical facilities. For this I think the government policies are more responsible because of which even after 62 years of independence we have not been able to provide clean drinking water to all our citizens.
• United States
16 Aug 09
I think that, while swine flu is dangerous, its not as dangerous as everyone makes it out to be. I'm pretty sure people will start developing an immunity to it soon and this whole thing will be forgotten.
• India
16 Aug 09
I dont think swineflu is such a danderous disease that we cant cope up with..It is certainly a disease that can be cured and it is already proved that it can cured.The problem with this disease is that there is no vaccine to this disease that there are not many preventive methods available.so we can only treat the disease and cannot prevent this. The fact that it has become such a hype is because of human psychology.If u r hit by a disease about which u know very less and all media is going in an uproar about it. how would u react u definitely think that its a dreadful disease and u think u r definitely gonna die that is whats happening people dont have complete information about this disease and everyone with a common fever thinks he/she has a swineflu
@suchi60 (912)
• India
16 Aug 09
amitavroy, The media needs circulation and what better than to focus on the audience which reads more? The swine flu is more or less a city epidemic currently, and no one wants to know what happens in villages where hundreds die everyday to pneumonia and cholera. Therefore, our focus obviouly is on swine flu. If I'm not wrong, I did hear or read somewhere that swine flu is much like the general flu and that it becomes proactive in people who have far lesser body resistance and have other complications.
• India
16 Aug 09
I think it is a bit of both. While I have read that in India at least, more people die of malaria every year than in swine flu this year, yet the disease is a new form of influenza and that’s why people are more scared. It is a new type of influenza and is spreading quite fast that is why it is quite alarming too! But if you look at it like just another flu and think of the malaria perspective, then definitely it has been hyped somewhat.
@varunsdo (204)
• India
16 Aug 09
It is not a media hype rather media is alerting us about it. Already too many people had got infected by this and it is still not in control. So definitely it is an epidemic. It is persisting with normal man. No concept of poor and rich is involved. "We must take essential precautions" that's all media says and they must continue informing us about the recent alerts regarding this issue. It is dangerous. It is much more harmful then malaria or cholera. It's an epidemic!!