Pandemic declared...


festus

God Bless Our Troops!!!
How long will it be before this is used against us to remove freedoms in the name of public safety? Quarantine/restricted zones making Martial law for our own good?

THIS IS SCARY AS HELL PEOPLE!!!!

With a pandemic declared, the USA can ask for and get UN help to deal with hot spots under an agreement signed by GW Bush.

Rahm Emmanual said "Never let a good crisis go to waste"

I'm sure he learned it from his boss!!!!!


WHO: Swine flu pandemic has begun, 1st in 41 years
UN health agency says swine flu pandemic has begun; 1st global flu epidemic in 41 years
Maria Cheng and Frank Jordans, Associated Press Writer
On Thursday June 11, 2009, 11:24 am EDT
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GENEVA (AP) -- The World Health Organization told its member nations it was declaring a swine flu pandemic Thursday -- the first global flu epidemic in 41 years -- as infections climbed in the United States, Europe, Australia, South America and elsewhere.
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In a statement sent to health officials, WHO said it decided to raise the pandemic warning level from phase 5 to 6 -- its highest alert -- after holding an emergency meeting with its flu experts.

WHO chief Dr. Margaret Chan was expected to make a formal announcement on the pandemic later Thursday.

The long-awaited pandemic decision is scientific confirmation that a new flu virus has emerged and is quickly circling the globe. It will trigger drugmakers to speed up production of a swine flu vaccine and prompt governments to devote more money toward efforts to contain the virus.

"At this early stage, the pandemic can be characterized globally as being moderate in severity," WHO said in the statement, urging nations not to close borders or restrict travel and trade.

WHO also told countries it was in "close dialogue" with flu vaccine makers and it believed the firms would work "to ensure the largest possible supply of pandemic vaccine in the months to come."

Flu vaccine makers like GlaxoSmithKline PLC and Sanofi-Aventis have been working since last month on a swine flu vaccine. GlaxoSmithKline spokesman Stephen Rea said the company was ready to start making swine flu vaccine in large quantities once it finished its regular flu vaccine production in July.

On Wednesday, WHO said 74 countries had reported nearly 27,737 cases of swine flu, including 141 deaths. The agency has stressed that most cases have been mild and required no treatment, but the fear is that a rash of new infections could overwhelm hospitals and health authorities -- especially in poorer countries.

Still, about half of the people who have died from swine flu, also known by its scientific name H1N1, were previously young and healthy -- people who are not usually susceptible to flu.

Swine flu is also continuing to spread during the start of summer in the northern hemisphere. Normally, flu viruses disappear with warm weather, but swine flu is proving to be resilient.

The last pandemic -- the Hong Kong flu of 1968 -- killed about 1 million people. Ordinary flu kills about 250,000 to 500,000 people each year.

Many health experts say WHO's pandemic declaration could have come weeks earlier but the agency became bogged down by politics. In May, several countries urged WHO not to declare a pandemic, fearing it would cause social and economic turmoil.

"This is WHO finally catching up with the facts," said Michael Osterholm, a flu expert at the University of Minnesota who has advised the U.S. government on pandemic preparations.

Despite WHO's hopes, raising the epidemic alert to the highest level will almost certainly spark some panic about spread of swine flu.

Fear has already gripped Argentina, where thousands worried about swine flu flooded into hospitals this week, bringing emergency health services in Buenos Aires, the capital, to the brink of collapse. Last month, a bus arriving in Argentina from Chile was stoned by people who thought a passenger on it had swine flu. Chile has the most swine flu cases in South America.

In Hong Kong on Thursday, the government ordered all kindergartens and primary schools closed for two weeks after a dozen students tested positive for swine flu -- a move that some health experts would consider an overreaction.

In the United States, where there have been more than 13,000 cases and at least 27 deaths from swine flu, officials at the U.S. Centers for Disease Control and Prevention said the move would not change how the U.S. tackled swine flu.

"Our actions in the past month have been as if there was a pandemic in this country," Glen Nowak, a CDC spokesman, said Thursday.

The U.S. government has already taken steps like increasing availability of flu-fighting medicines and authorizing $1 billion for the development of a new vaccine against the novel virus. In addition, new cases seem to be declining in many parts of the country, U.S. health officials say, as North America moves out of its traditional winter flu season.

Still, Osterholm said Thursday's decision was a wake-up call for the world.

"I think a lot of people think we're done with swine flu, but you can't fall asleep at the wheel," he said. "We don't know what's going to happen in the next 6 to 12 months."

AP Medical Writer Maria Cheng reported from London. AP Medical Writer Mike Stobbe in Atlanta and reporters Jill Lawless in London, Dikky Sinn in Hong Kong, Vincente L. Panetta in Buenos Aires and Bradley S. Klapper in Geneva also contributed to this report.
 

HK4U

New member
Create the crisis so that you can implement the pre arranged solution to the crisis.
 

Avail

Doesn't like Kool-Aid
Looks like I'll be getting another shot soon, yay...

I still don't see how this is actually that bad... A few dead people from a 3rd world crap hole like Mexico who were supposedly healthy (I take that with a grain of salt, I highly doubt their medical care is as good as ours) and then a few die here but they already had complications?

I think this has gotten blown way out of proportion.
 

MADnMO

Jesus - Our Greatest HOPE
As I have stated before I do not recognize any authority from the United Nations. No blue hats allowed on my property.
 

CathyInBlue

Tool Maker
Also realize that there is absolutely no reason the word Pandemic should be scary in and of itself. All it means is that the microbe is seen on at least 5 continents. North America, South America, Europe, Asia, Africa. Done. Pandemic.

Guess what? We've had a pandemic of Stapholococus Aureus for forever, and Staph infections kill people every year on every one of those continents, and every single one of us in infected. Link RemovedLink Removed

Remember also that all of the people in America who have died of the Swine Flu, H1N1, have been immuno-compromised in the first damn place. They've been the young with immature immune systems, the old with worn out immune systems, or the already diseased or ill with fatigued immune systems.

The mature people without established injury or illness have nothing to fear of death from the Swine Flu, nothing. We may fall victim to the disease itself, and we may be felled for a while, a couple of weeks to a month, by the disease's effects. We'll have to be supported with food and fluids and a comforting, cool, damp wash clothe on the forehead and a TV remote by the bed side, but ultimately our bodies will fight it off and out immune systems will be all the stronger for it.

So, sit back, relax, read that military manual, spend time at the range, build that shed, work in the garage, take the family out to that restaurant, go to work, go shopping. In summation, keep doing what you're doing. America will survive the Swine Flu. No blue helmets will come here on that excuse.
 

Wolfling68

New member
Pandemic, yea....remember when 175 people were dead in Mexico City in the first couple of days? Remember how we had to confirm Kathleen Seblius as our new Secretary of Health and Human Services to deal with this emergency, and how the number of dead dropped to 17 the next day? Paranoia????

Stanley, listen to me. I have SARS. There's only a 98% chance that I will live!
R.Marsh, SouthPark, Red Mans Greed
 

festus

God Bless Our Troops!!!
The scary part is not the virus ...

Also realize that there is absolutely no reason the word Pandemic should be scary in and of itself. All it means is that the microbe is seen on at least 5 continents. North America, South America, Europe, Asia, Africa. Done. Pandemic.

Guess what? We've had a pandemic of Stapholococus Aureus for forever, and Staph infections kill people every year on every one of those continents, and every single one of us in infected. Link RemovedLink Removed

Remember also that all of the people in America who have died of the Swine Flu, H1N1, have been immuno-compromised in the first damn place. They've been the young with immature immune systems, the old with worn out immune systems, or the already diseased or ill with fatigued immune systems.

The mature people without established injury or illness have nothing to fear of death from the Swine Flu, nothing. We may fall victim to the disease itself, and we may be felled for a while, a couple of weeks to a month, by the disease's effects. We'll have to be supported with food and fluids and a comforting, cool, damp wash clothe on the forehead and a TV remote by the bed side, but ultimately our bodies will fight it off and out immune systems will be all the stronger for it.

So, sit back, relax, read that military manual, spend time at the range, build that shed, work in the garage, take the family out to that restaurant, go to work, go shopping. In summation, keep doing what you're doing. America will survive the Swine Flu. No blue helmets will come here on that excuse.

The scary part is not the virus...the implications of what can be done with out the approval of congress is what is scary...check out the agreement Bush signed on his trip to Canada
 

Red Hat

New member
It's much to do about nothing. With them declaring a Pandemic they can take away more and more of our rights. Just a little info on normal influenza. CDC - Influenza (Flu) | What Everyone Should Know About Flu and the Flu Vaccine

Every year in the United States, on average:

5% to 20% of the population gets the flu;
more than 200,000 people are hospitalized from flu-related complications; and
about 36,000 people die from flu-related causes

Chances of dying from influenza is a lot greater than dying from the swine flu!
 

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