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    •  Cough!!!!!!! (3+ / 0-)

      Uh oh.

      Après le thé, le déluge. -- Glenn Beck, aka Napoleon XIV

      by mspicata on Fri May 01, 2009 at 09:20:50 AM PDT

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    •  Someone else will (0+ / 0-)

      buut just remember that 36,000 people die of the ordinary old common influenza every year in the US. Your chances of getting the H1N1 are vanishingly small at this point. And, even if you did get it, you would be less sick than if you got food poisoning - something that kills 5000 people per year in the USA.

      Ambition is when you follow your dreams. Insanity is when they follow you.

      by Batfish on Fri May 01, 2009 at 10:02:17 AM PDT

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      •  So taking basic precautions (6+ / 0-)

        not to get sick or make others sick is unimportant or pointless? Your logic makes no sense.

        When prevention is as easy as it is, why not use it? And given that you don't know my personal history of respiratory infections, you shouldn't make assumptions about how sick I--or anyone else you might be infecting--will get.

        See?

      •  Are you trying to be a selfish asshole? (5+ / 0-)
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        What if you gave it to my grandmother and she died, while you were just uncomfortable for a while.  I guess you wouldn't care, would you, after all at least you didn't catch food poisoning?

        and what's the incubation of this thing?  What if it is variable...like between 2 days and 9 days...and you are contagious all that time without showing symptoms.  Next week it could be everywhere.  Your lack of concern for the odds of catching it 'at this point' are irrelevant.  What we are worried about is decreasing the possibility of multiple human to human transmissions.  Of our possibility of passing it on to others who MAY die.

        Apparently, you have other things to worry about.

        Let's let the CDC's Chief Virologist explain....

        Q: Does this one scare you?

        R.D.: I saw figures that do scare you. We’ve received 300 samples from Mexico, and these cover the span of February, March, and April. And you look at flu A, traditionally it’s A/H1 or A/H3 or it's B up until the end of March. There are two or three cases up to [the] last days of March that are swine. Then in April they skyrocket. So all the cases in the D.F. areas, where most samples came from, it really transmits very efficiently.

        (-8.50, -7.54) Only the educated are free. -Epictetus

        by Tin hat mafia on Fri May 01, 2009 at 10:23:11 AM PDT

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