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Are you concerned that swine flu may spread to the Capital Region?

Yes 57% 654 votes
No 42% 487 votes
Total Votes: 1141

Note: This is not a scientific poll.

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April 27, 2009
11:42 p.m.

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Rick ( richard robie ) says...

It's not a matter of IF, but WHEN and how many lives it will take with it.

Please, cover your mouth when you sneeze!

April 28, 2009
8:11 a.m.

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w18761 ( Matthew Winans ) says...

Come on,,,, how many cases have there been in the US? How many deaths from those cases?

I wish people would look at this realistically, and not from the perspective of a false panic.

April 28, 2009
11:08 a.m.

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Rick ( richard robie ) says...

Sorry to scare you, but a quick look at news stories around the world shows that there is ample reason for grave concern.

Dem Congressman calls for US/MEX border shutdown...
'British nationals in Mexico may wish to consider whether they should remain'...
WHO Raises Alert to Unprecedented Level...
2,000 people in Mexico hospitalized with serious pneumonia... 149 dead
Sick spreads to Middle East, Asia-Pacific...
Mexico faces criticism...
New Zealand suspect cases grow...
Military 'monitoring' outbreak...
Outbreak Triggers Global Mobilization...
Russia widens U.S. meat ban due to swine flu to include NYS...
Swine flu spreads to Israel, New Zealand...
Swine flu unstoppable, WHO warns...
Europe braced for spread of flu...
Queensland Australia activates pandemic plan...

THAT'S REALITY

Mexicans take swine flu lightly on border...
US reaction more muted than elsewhere...
Napolitano: Closing border not answer...
WHO not recommending swine flu travel restrictions...

That's ignoring the obvious.

Read up on the 1918 Influenza Pandemic and note the parallels. Half of the world's population was affected and up to 100 million died. It, too, began in spring and returned with a vengeance the following winter, reaching every part of the globe at a time before people flew all over the world.

Santayana said, "Those Who Don't Learn From History Are Doomed to Repeat it… "

May GOD have mercy on our souls.

April 28, 2009
1:05 p.m.

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w18761 ( Matthew Winans ) says...

Oh please. Stop being an alarmist.

April 28, 2009
2:22 p.m.

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Dr_Chim_Richolds (no real name given) says...

"May GOD have mercy on our souls."

Lol.

April 28, 2009
2:40 p.m.

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shaqfu (no real name given) says...

Hey now u know why I tell all u people to take care of your bodies so u can combat these flus and viruses going around. Eat right and train and you can beat of the sicknesses in our society so I would like an apology from all u non believers and couch potatoes of my approach on life!!!!!!!!!!

April 28, 2009
3:20 p.m.

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nm (no real name given) says...

The Spanish influenza of 1918 was a devastating pandemic. 28% of the US population caught the virus, 750 people died in Albany alone. The disease was spread by usual methods, but also by the military housing and transporting men in close quarters as we fought WWI. It came in 2 waves, the first being mild, the second far more deadly nearly a year later. It claimed the lives of young, healthy adults, not infants and elderly.

That was a time of limited health care, minimal pharmaceuticals and little knowledge of how a virus works.

If this virus does indeed reach pandemic proportions, I think most Americans will have access to the kind of health care that will control mortality. Third world countries would probably not fare as well.

April 28, 2009
4:59 p.m.

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cdisle (no real name given) says...

I didn't get mad cow, SARS or the flesh eating disease. I'm betting I won't get this either.

April 28, 2009
7:01 p.m.

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pastorsteve (no real name given) says...

Shouldn't we be buying duct tape and plastic to cover our windows?

April 28, 2009
9:44 p.m.

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Craig_Johnson (no real name given) says...

The Mexican border should be shut down with or without the swine flu epidemic Rick. I'm not worried though because I keep my body healthy with a good dose of working out hard at the gym and foods high in protein. I don't just sit around the house and watch "American Idol", eat junk food and sleep 12 hours a day. If you treat your body right it will be good to you, if not then you are sure to pick up something sooner or later. We have Purell at the gym. AND WASH YOUR HANDS EVERYONE.

April 29, 2009
2:28 a.m.

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Rick ( richard robie ) says...

I totally agree about the border, but it'll never happen. Those are voters who will owe their allegiance to the party in power.

The 1918 pandemic killed the healthy 25 to 45 year olds. It overstimulated the body's immune system and that attacked the organs, causing death. Young kids and oldies with less active immune systems were spared, so your workouts and good foods may be what does you in.

Duct tape and plastic won't help. It is spread like the common cold. Hope the Mexican dishwasher in your favorite eatery or the guy who collects the shopping carts in Walmart isn't visited by his sister from Cancun.

DR C R, keep laughing. It won't help you with HIM, but maybe they'll appreciate someone with a sense of humor when you get off the elevator down there in the sub, sub, sub basement.

April 29, 2009
4:26 a.m.

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mrmjs (no real name given) says...

Considering how light and joking we seem to take this, maybe those who think it is a joke will be the first to get it, but I seriously pray that the disease will subside that you won't expierience death to your family members or loved ones.

May God have mercy on us..seriously and no " lol "!

April 29, 2009
7:27 a.m.

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dgkasmauskas (no real name given) says...

This does not seem to be a "killer" flu although it has taken victims. However, it will be the new visus that emerges after a a mutation that we need to be concerned about. The more we take simple precautions will assist in less people "catching the flu" which equates to less opportunity for the virus to mutate possibly creating a "killer" strain.

April 29, 2009
9:08 a.m.

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miseno ( Judith Draus ) says...

You all crack me up! Information is out there that this Swine Flu is real and to take precautions. What if we weren't warned that this was going on... I'm sure you all would be very very upset.
All "THEY" are saying is 'wash you hands'

April 29, 2009
9:37 a.m.

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Rick ( richard robie ) says...

Human Swine Flu Update (from GHI)

Swine flu is a respiratory disease of pigs caused by type A influenza viruses. People do not normally get swine flu, but human infections can and do happen. Swine flu viruses have been reported to spread from person-to-person, but in the past, this transmission was limited and not sustained beyond three people.

Transmission
The Centers for Disease Control and Prevention reports that both the symptoms and transmission of this virus from human to human are much like seasonal flu, which is spread mainly through coughing or sneezing of infected people. Sometimes people may become sick by touching something with flu viruses on it and then touching their mouth or nose.

Symptoms
Signs of swine flu are also like the signs of regular human flu -- including fever, cough, sore throat, body aches, headache, chills and tiredness. Some people with swine flu have diarrhea and vomiting as well. In the past, severe illness (such as pneumonia and respiratory failure) and deaths have been reported with human swine flu. Also know that just like seasonal flu, swine flu can cause a worsening of underlying chronic health conditions.

Prevention
While there is no vaccine available to protect against swine flu, there are everyday precautions you can take to help prevent the spread of germs that cause respiratory illnesses like influenza. Following are some steps recommended by the CDC to protect your health, as well as that of your family and other people with whom you come into contact:

* Cover your nose and mouth with a tissue when you cough or sneeze. Throw the tissue in the trash after you use it.
* Wash your hands often with soap and water, especially after you cough or sneeze. Alcohol-based hand cleaners are also effective.
* Avoid touching your eyes, nose or mouth. Germs spread this way.
* Try to avoid close contact with sick people.
* If you get sick with influenza, stay home from work or school and limit contact with others to keep from infecting them.

April 29, 2009
10:33 a.m.

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dtschet (no real name given) says...

Amazingly enough, our bodies are designed to fight off most viruses. Get plenty of rest, nutrition and exercise. The elderly, the very young, the frail and those who do not take care of themselves will have more to worry about than a healthy aware adult.

April 29, 2009
11:05 a.m.

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Rick ( richard robie ) says...

dtschet, That's true for MOST viruses, but our bodies have no natural defense against a virus that comes from a different species. That's why avian (bird) flu and swing (pig) flu are able to ravage even healthy humans.

The 1918 or Spanish flu killed people 25 to 45 and not the old or young because it used the body's immune system against itself by causing what is known as a cytokine storm.

Please look it up and fact check you future posts to see that you are not providing false information.

April 29, 2009
11:11 a.m.

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w18761 ( Matthew Winans ) says...

Uh oh, it looks like there are two suspected cases in Schenectady county.

I think I'll go stock up on surgical masks *rolls eyes*

April 29, 2009
11:22 a.m.

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Dr_Chim_Richolds (no real name given) says...

Haha, really Rick? The "sub, sub, sub basement?" Lol. That's deep mate. Yeah, that's where I'll be hanging out. Telling jokes with the other infidels. Playing poker, drinking beers, roasting marshmallows with a crimson pitchfork. Good times. You religious folk are harsh!

But seriously, the Center for Disease Control reports that 36,000 people die annually from flu related complications. That's an average of 3000 per month. Ok? That's your normal, run of the mill influenza.

So please tell me why I should be paranoid about 1 swine flu fatality? I'm all for washing your hands, working out, and doing whatever is necessary to keep yourself healthy. But it seems as if theres too much alarmism going on here. People exaggerating dangers and prophesying calamities. At this point, it's a little ridiculous.

http://www.cdc.gov/flu/about/qa/disease....

Rx.

April 29, 2009
1:42 p.m.

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MrsC08 ( Darryl Carl ) says...

Playing poker, drinking beers (skip the marshmallows..Yuk!) Sounds good to me... Count me in...I'd rather laugh with the sinners, than cry with the saints... as B Joel would say...

April 29, 2009
4:23 p.m.

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Rick ( richard robie ) says...

There's an old joke about a guy who dies and is greeted by the devil, who is a nice enough chap. The man is told that the place is not so bad and he is actually given his choice of three different rooms to spend eternity in,

The first has a bunch of people standing waist deep in sewage. The man doesn't like that room, so the devil shows him to the second room, where those people are in feces to their chins. Again, the man passes.

The last room is filled with people who are sitting in a foot of crap, drinking tea (or beer, playing poker and roasting marshmallows). The man readily agrees and is given a beer and his place on the floor next to Billy Joel.

Just as the man finishes his beer a horn sounds and the demonic aide announces, "Okay, the breaks over. Everyone back on your heads for the next thousand years.

We don't cry, we just shake our heads and smile.

April 30, 2009
5:26 a.m.

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UncleMikey (no real name given) says...

Did anyone notice this most recent episode involving 'Homeland Security' comes on the heals of a gaff concerning mailings/warnings sent to law enforcement agencies about a month ago by Ms. Napolitano? The embarrassment from that didn't want to go away, so now we have something new to concern ourselves with. Remember the 'Bird Flu' scare of several years ago... This is a quote from the ad for the book The Great Bird Fu Hoax ~"For example, you will learn how, in preparation for the supposed coming bird flu plague, the government purchased $2 billion worth of Tamiflu (a drug whose effectiveness in relation to H5N1 is questionable) ... and how Donald Rumsfeld -- once president of the company that developed Tamiflu -- stands to benefit BIG-TIME from this "coincidence."~ Now, what do you think?

April 30, 2009
6:16 a.m.

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totalpackage003 (no real name given) says...

Let's import a few the pigs they are slaughtering without warrant everywhere else in the world and have one massive BBQ as they press the button and implode the Chalmers building in Amsterdam. Another get-rich quick scheme...Use LYSOL-----a product that's been around for years..Holy Christ, Peter!! The sky is fallin'!!----Blame it on global warming??? Space shuttle floating around up there have anything to do with it, by chance? Aye Carrumba, Senior!!!

April 30, 2009
7:22 a.m.

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ChuckT (no real name given) says...

" I'm still waiting for the Killer Bee's :))"

April 30, 2009
8:13 a.m.

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dtschet (no real name given) says...

Just a few comments to share ...

Surgical masks offer no protection. The virus is small enough to penetrate masks.

Did you know that since Jan. 1 2009, over 13,000 people died from flu-related illnesses that were not categorized as "Swine Flu".

Keep your perspective.

April 30, 2009
2:02 p.m.

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wmarincic ( Bill METRO FORD - Marincic ) says...

We should be closing the borders and putting the military on them. We spend 338 Billion a year on illegals plus hospitals and schools closing and our children getting substandard educations because the teachers have to be bi-linguakl to teach. We are losing jobs to illegals, they kill 7 Americans each day and 1000s of children are raped and molested each day by illegals, but the democrats wont stop it because they are democratic voters once they get amnesty and flood our country with another 35 million illegals. Our social security system will finally colapse and all of us who have paid into it for years will have nothing....

April 30, 2009
11:33 p.m.

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medic_sean426 (no real name given) says...

Okay, let's set things straight that the media has completely distorted. The swine flu is about as deadly as a cat scratch. You are actually more likely to die from ANY OTHER strain of the flu than swine flu. Although you can catch the swine flu, you can also be treated for it. For all the deaths the news has reported upon, they fail to mention the fact that they are in areas with very poor health care. The death of the toddler in Texas was no different - although health care is readily available, the child was never taken for any help. So, yes, if you fail to get medical attention, you will get sick, and if - like the people who died - you have a poor history of health and hygeine to begin with, you could die. In the US, *if* in the unlikely event you catch swine flu, you go to a hospital, you get the very readily available treatment, and you get better in a week. Masks do offer protection, as does washing your hands, but walking around freaking out because the media has decided to mislead everyone and cause a panic does not help, but clogs the emergency rooms with hypochondriacs. The swine flu also cannot be caught by eating pork, despite what some uneducated reporters with no medical knowledge claim. Do yourself a favor and research the supposed "deadly" disease in reputable sources, such as medical journals or by consulting actual medical personnel, instead of jumping on the media-fuelled panic wagon. Or, at least, if you feel compelled to scare yourself senseless, stop spreading misinformation and scaring everyone else.

 

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