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    Re: Swine Flu

    Quote Originally Posted by Arch Enemy View Post
    Haha.

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    I hear cyborgs are the real deal.
    Oh it's humerous. They actually call it a "Shot Exercise." They line everybody up and start sticking. Even if you are good and your next shot isn't due for another few months, they will jump ahead...."just to be safe."

    I guess it would have sucked if September 12th, 2001 saw half the Marine Corps with the flu or something.

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    Re: Swine Flu

    Quote Originally Posted by GySgt View Post
    One confirmed case of Swine Flu and 37 other Marines are quarantied in 29 Palms today. That's a platoon.

    The Associated Press: Commandant says Calif. Marine may have swine flu


    .....I still have no interest. Some Chicken Noodle Soup and some meds and and all is well.
    Swine flu is the least worrisome disease Marines at 29 Stumps need to worry about coming back with, from their little trysts into Tijuana.
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    Re: Swine Flu

    Quote Originally Posted by WI Crippler View Post
    Swine flu is the least worrisome disease Marines at 29 Stumps need to worry about coming back with, from their little trysts into Tijuana.
    Tijuana has been off limits for a looooong time. Coming back with the "cold" or being robbed in an alley way was becoming routine.
    Last edited by MSgt; 04-29-09 at 06:22 PM.

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    Re: Swine Flu

    Quote Originally Posted by GySgt View Post
    Tijuana has been off limits for a looooong time. Coming back with the "cold" or being robbed in an alley way was becoming routine.
    Man, looking back I am beginning to realize I have been out for a while now, even though it seems like it was yesterday I was getting my leave chits signed. They were keeping all the transient units out of Tijuana at all the bases I deployed to for training excercises, but permanent duty members could still go.

    Even though it was off limits to our units, young Marines would still go(and get caught), tempted by the allure of Tijuana, Mexico. What was so alluring? I'm not sure, but it never seemed worth it. Whores are nice in theory, but in practicality, your likely to end up paying for it in more than just a simple cash transaction.

    But we give the Corpsmen good stories I guess.
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    Re: Swine Flu

    Quote Originally Posted by GySgt View Post
    Oh it's humerous. They actually call it a "Shot Exercise." They line everybody up and start sticking. Even if you are good and your next shot isn't due for another few months, they will jump ahead...."just to be safe."

    I guess it would have sucked if September 12th, 2001 saw half the Marine Corps with the flu or something.
    I did something like that in middle-school for Hepatitis, and some bull**** disease they made up just to watch the squirm as the air gunned my arm.
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    Re: Swine Flu

    Quote Originally Posted by GySgt View Post
    They pump us so full of vaccines and immunity meds that I don't worry about such things. Just this morning I got Typhoid.
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    Re: Swine Flu

    Quote Originally Posted by Tucker Case View Post
    Imminence is a factor in fear. People don't fear something that is in their distant future, but they do fear something that can strike in the near future.
    And they tend to improperly weigh the likelihood of each event.

    For instance, after 9/11, roughly 1,000 people died unnecessarily by driving over flying.

    Regional Effects Of 9/11 Attacks On Driving
    aem.cornell.edu/faculty_sites/gb78/wp/fatalities_120505.pdf

    If people had objectively done the risk weighing instead of emotionally making decisions, those 1,000+ people wouldn't have died.

    For me, heart disease is much less fear-worthy.
    True, however, most Americans are overweight, many obese. For them, they should be focusing far more on those kinds of dangers. Furthermore, cancer is still in the top 10 killers and some cancers are exceedingly fast and hard to catch.

    But I do understand your point. I saw this woman on TV who was so fat I expected to see propeller scars criss-crossing her back and she was talking about how scared she was over this flu.

    Seriously, bitch, if you feared Krispy Kreme as much as the flu you might actually live to 60!
    It's pretty amazing how some people really can't figure out what's the biggest threat to them.
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    Re: Swine Flu

    I personally understand that there is a level of seriousness to this but not to which everyone else is taking it.

    From what I've seen it is a slightly more lethal version of the regular flu.
    As much as everyone wants there is pretty much zero chance of avoiding contracting it unless you isolate yourself.

    The media knows what gets peoples attention, particularly old people.
    That is thunderstorms and crisis'.
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    Re: Swine Flu

    Quote Originally Posted by Harry Guerrilla View Post
    From what I've seen it is a slightly more lethal version of the regular flu.
    I don't think "slightly more lethal" is an accurate depiction of this flu at all.

    For people in the normal "lethal" zone for a flu (very old, very young, and compromised immune systems), it is actually less lethal than the normal flu.

    For people in the normal "safe" zone, it is dramatically more lethal than your average flu. Normally, healthy people have only a very, very small chance of dying form the flu, whereas with this strain, there is a relatively large chance or at least a dramatically increased chance.

    If the normal flu has a .1% chance of being lethal to a healthy person, and this one has a 2.5% chance of lethality, that would be 2400% increase in lethality for that demographic.

    While a 2.5% does not seem all that daunting, when taken as "1 out of 40" otherwise healthy people who contract the illness will die from it, it means that, odds-wise, if this thing goes fully pandemic, we will all probably know someone, or be someone who dies from it.

    That puts it into perspective for me. How many people do you know that have died from influenza in your lifetime? I don't know anyone. I hope that next year, or the year after, I can still say that.


    (2.5% number is taken from the Spanish flu pandemic which had similar characteristics to this one)

    As much as everyone wants there is pretty much zero chance of avoiding contracting it unless you isolate yourself.
    On this I pretty much agree (although I think you can decrease the amount of the virus you are exposed to by taking certain steps as well as make sure that you infect as few as possible if you do contract it).

    And what you can do is seek medical attention you otherwise wouldn't have if you do contract it. Normally, I wouldn't even think about going to a doctor over the flu, but if I do contract this one, I'm going to do whatever I can to minimize it's lethality.

    Granted, this doesn't mean people should flood emergency rooms when they get the sniffles (although they will), but they should call their doctor and ask them what they should be doing when symptoms develop.

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    Re: Swine Flu

    Quote Originally Posted by Tucker Case View Post
    I don't think "slightly more lethal" is an accurate depiction of this flu at all.

    For people in the normal "lethal" zone for a flu (very old, very young, and compromised immune systems), it is actually less lethal than the normal flu.

    For people in the normal "safe" zone, it is dramatically more lethal than your average flu. Normally, healthy people have only a very, very small chance of dying form the flu, whereas with this strain, there is a relatively large chance or at least a dramatically increased chance.

    If the normal flu has a .1% chance of being lethal to a healthy person, and this one has a 2.5% chance of lethality, that would be 2400% increase in lethality for that demographic.

    While a 2.5% does not seem all that daunting, when taken as "1 out of 40" otherwise healthy people who contract the illness will die from it, it means that, odds-wise, if this thing goes fully pandemic, we will all probably know someone, or be someone who dies from it.

    That puts it into perspective for me. How many people do you know that have died from influenza in your lifetime? I don't know anyone. I hope that next year, or the year after, I can still say that.


    (2.5% number is taken from the Spanish flu pandemic which had similar characteristics to this one)
    I don't really know (like friends) 40 people but that isn't really important.

    I don't think that people, that normally die of the regular flu, will be less likely to die of this flu.

    That doesn't make any logical sense in any way.

    Me love you long time Tucky but I'm not sure that is true(not calling you a liar though).

    Please explain it so it makes sense because this really doesn't.

    Quote Originally Posted by Tucker Case View Post
    On this I pretty much agree (although I think you can decrease the amount of the virus you are exposed to by taking certain steps as well as make sure that you infect as few as possible if you do contract it).

    And what you can do is seek medical attention you otherwise wouldn't have if you do contract it. Normally, I wouldn't even think about going to a doctor over the flu, but if I do contract this one, I'm going to do whatever I can to minimize it's lethality.

    Granted, this doesn't mean people should flood emergency rooms when they get the sniffles (although they will), but they should call their doctor and ask them what they should be doing when symptoms develop.
    I know that some people may do it for about a week and that a few die hards will do it for longer but natural human ticks over rule eventually.

    If I get it, I'd probably go to the doctor to if I'm sure I could die.

    So far I've seen a frenzy of panic mongers who only influence people to do things that won't make a difference.

    They might as well tell them to stop, drop, and roll or to duck and cover to prevent the flu.
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