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  •  you make it sound scary. n/t (0+ / 0-)

    'If we lift our voice as one, there's nothing that can't be done' MJ

    by publicv on Thu Oct 15, 2009 at 07:38:53 PM PDT

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    •  The Pig Sick was pretty mild by me (3+ / 0-)
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      I had it in August, and while there's a long list of things I'd enjoy more, it was also not a big deal.

      But it does make a small number of people very, very sick.  You don't want to get it if you don't have to.  And you really don't want to give it to anyone else.

      "If another country builds a better car, we buy it. If they make a better wine, we drink it. If they have better healthcare . . . what's our problem? "

      by mbayrob on Thu Oct 15, 2009 at 07:44:42 PM PDT

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      •  please be careful with your wording... (0+ / 0-)

        just because only a small PERCENTAGE of people will get very sick, that can translate to a LOT of people getting really sick, some of them fatally.

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

        by Tin hat mafia on Thu Oct 15, 2009 at 09:38:35 PM PDT

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        •  Since a good proportion of 6 Billion+ people (0+ / 0-)

          will get this, you're correct, even a small mortality rate translates into one really large pool of dead people.

          This is not unusual.  The 1918 flu, if I remember right, killed "only" 2% of the people who got it, if you use 104M as a good guess for the population of the US in 1918, and assume as the Wikipedia article does that about 28% of the population got the virus, and that it killed around 600K people.

          Best guess is that this virus is a lot less virulent, but it's not unreasonable to assume that something like 30% of the population -- or more -- will get sick.

          "If another country builds a better car, we buy it. If they make a better wine, we drink it. If they have better healthcare . . . what's our problem? "

          by mbayrob on Thu Oct 15, 2009 at 10:09:39 PM PDT

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