Swine Flu

SAINT

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I read on the bbc today that the first rise in cases has appeared since July, so the long-touted october-winter comeback may be imminent.

This article was printed ONE YEAR ahead of the initial outbreak:
Mass graves included in flu pandemic plan - Telegraph

Anyway, in this article almost a year before the outbreak is this gem:
"Some scientists say a flu pandemic is now overdue, either from the mutation of the normal human flu virus, or of the H5N1 strain that infects birds."

It seems the government was preparing for a pandemic a year to the date before the outbreak and our scientists even managed to predict which strain of flu may mutate.

I love our clever government. They keep us all safe with their ability to see trouble before it arises. Just like with the economy... er, maybe not.

It would be a shame if a flu pandemic was to affect the economy, especially now that our leaders have saved us from recession and put billions of our taxpayer money at stake.:eek:
 

TheBramble

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You’re quite correct. They keep trying to ramp up the swine flu ‘thing’, but nobody is having any of it. 300,000 dead by the end of the year in the UK alone. That’s 0.5% of the population. Which means 1 in 10 should catch it if 1 in 200 die from it. How many people do you know?

Do you know anyone who has it?

Do you know anyone who knows anyone who has had it?

Smoke and Mirrors.
 

Technically Fundamental

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yes and yes but I do think it's over-hyped.

I watche dthis report in mexico and this woman was like yeah i had swine flue two weeks ago... it's gone :|

just gave pharma sector a boost to help the recovery "imo"
 

SAINT

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I remember during the bird flu hype. Don Rumsfeld owned Tamiflu stocks and copped a lot of flak for it.
 

squall321

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I love our clever government. They keep us all safe with their ability to see trouble before it arises. Just like with the economy... er, maybe not.
yeah its really weird, the government worry about bird flu and swine flu, y2k and wmd that don't exist. make all laws and agencies and spend tons of money on these scares.

but the banks can implode the economy and they dont even bother lifting a finger

priorities???
 

mrsoul

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If swine flu was a stock, I'd short it now.
I'd be a contrarian here; I think the dire predictions are overblown.
I hope I'm right.
 

dick_dastardly

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I'm no fan of the Government but to be fair to them they didn't really know how quickly the virus was going to spread and they didn't know how severe the symptoms were going to be.

Whatever they did they were going to end up being condemned for either over reacting or under responding, a damned if you do, damned if you don't type situation.

dd
 

dcraig1

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I'm no fan of the Government but to be fair to them they didn't really know how quickly the virus was going to spread and they didn't know how severe the symptoms were going to be.

Whatever they did they were going to end up being condemned for either over reacting or under responding, a damned if you do, damned if you don't type situation.

dd
Exactly. If the best advice from the best experts given in good faith is that there is potential for a pandemic of serious proportions, what should a government do? Wait until the hospital system is completely overwhelmed? Pray that the virus doesn't mutate into something more virulent?

Whether drug companies are making money out of huge orders for vaccines and anti virals is not really the point at all.
 

gedward3

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I'm no fan of the Government but to be fair to them they didn't really know how quickly the virus was going to spread and they didn't know how severe the symptoms were going to be.

Whatever they did they were going to end up being condemned for either over reacting or under responding, a damned if you do, damned if you don't type situation.

dd

I thought it was the opposite. The financial sector was slumping and they
wanted to switch the attention to something worse where you could die from
it to make it seem more serious. Control the masses with fear while the few
at the top ride the gravy train.

Ged
 

gedward3

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925 116
I'm no fan of the Government but to be fair to them they didn't really know how quickly the virus was going to spread and they didn't know how severe the symptoms were going to be.

Whatever they did they were going to end up being condemned for either over reacting or under responding, a damned if you do, damned if you don't type situation.

dd

I thought it was the opposite. The financial sector was slumping and they
wanted to switch the attention to something worse where you could die from
it to make it seem more serious. Control the masses with fear while the few
at the top ride the gravy train.

Ged
 

SAINT

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LONDON, Oct 6 (Reuters) - GlaxoSmithKline Plc (GSK.L) won a further 22 government orders for its H1N1 swine flu vaccine in the last two months, taking the total number of doses ordered to 440 million worth some $3.5 billion.
 

anley

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The professionals didn't give their best advice, they covered their arses by saying it's probably going to be really bad. Then the media hypes it and of course nothing happens as the circus moves quickly from town (story) to town (story).
 

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