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Lessons Learned: Flu of 1918, SARS, Avian, Swine May 7, 2009

Posted by shwaldman in Politics, Society, Technology.
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Please read the whole thing before knowing why I think everyone should watch this video… I am of the belief that early on the media blew the H1N1 (Swine flu) virus out of portion. As many people argue, more people (36,000) die in the US from the human influenza then are even coming down with this is H1N1 virus.

However, numbers really mean nothing. What the media seems to be shying away from is the intangible. The real threat of these viruses is what it can become. As is often mentioned is that there is currently no immunization developed specifically for H1N1. Yes, Tamiflu seems to be effective, but who knows against what strains.

Watch this video and learn why it is the future versions of the virus that might have a more dangerous effect on the world… or, if we are lucky, might not!

Talk about foresight… this talk was given at a TED conference in 2007 after rise in concern over the Avian Flu. As much as these sudden and dramatic media blitzes is annoying. I think we all need to be conscience of what is happening around the world. It would be nice if the media could focus on the facts and avoid sound bites that get aired over and over and create more than necessary panic.



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