Before everyone freaks out, please know your facts about the Swine Flu. The media is completely blowing it out of proportion. My sources are the CDC Website, and the 2009 Swine Flu outbreak on Wikipedia.org, as well as hospital informants. Those links will also take you directly to the statistics.
First off, did you know that there have only been 20 confirmed deaths of the Swine Flu? Did you know that it is only 'suspected' that 101 have died from it, and they are all from Mexico? Out of the entire world since March of this year, only about 101 have suspected to be taken from this disease, and yet ONLY 20 have been confirmed. This has been ongoing for nearly two months, and did you know in America alone, 36,000 Americans die from the regular flu each year? Don't believe me, click here at the CDC website (aka: The Center for Disease and Control Prevention). Ok, so 36,000 Americans only, die from the regular flu each year, that's estimate of 3,000 people dying each month. Don't you think we are being foolish to be terrified of 20 confirmed deaths and 101 suspected IN THE ENTIRE WORLD (all of these people were from Mexico-including the child who died in Texas who already had other health problems other than Swine Flu). We live in a world of 6.5 Billion people and the chances of dying form this is 1 in every 38 million. Your chance of dying from the regular flu is (only if your American only) is 1 in every 180,000. If you choose to be frightened in something, you should be more scared of that!
Did you know that the Swine Flu can be cured easier than the regular flu? I was talking to a friend who works at the hospital on base, and she said that no one at her work has been alerted or notified of this 'Swine Flu Threat' and the doctors said that its completely ridiculous that it has escalated to this point. And they work at hospital! So don't you think if the medical professionals aren't worried about it, then why should you? OH and if this pandemic were bad enough, our active duty military personal would have to get mandatory vaccinations, and no- that has not happened yet. So why does the Vice President (maybe even Obama too) and the media want to worry the American public? Could it be that we tend to listen a lot better when we are terrified or scared of something- then we usually do what people say... hmmmmm.... you tell me....
It seems like to me that this is a way to scare us into worrying about our own health, rather than paying attention to some potential bigger issues- like the preparation of another war maybe...? I think that is a big possibility since Troy is slotted to deploy again in early 2010... he wont even be home 10 months this time. So I have to wonder what they are planning outside the control of Afghanistan. Also, in Troy's department alone, it is rumored that they are going for 9 on 9 off as far as deploying and regular CE is 6 on 6 off, which is a huge extension of their deployments (apparently it's going to be the same for medical and military police). So give my thanks to them. Make us scared on our own turf, of our own bodies, during a time when our military will be gone more... leaving more Americans to live with more fear and ciaos because they don't know better? Media over doing it? Am I looking to far into it? You tell me, give me your feedback whether you agree with me or not... I'm open to all opinions even if they are different, and respect them- as you should respect mine even if you don't agree with them. And during your own research, if you come across something, or if I have made a mistake somewhere - I wanna know about it. I'd appreciate the source to be credible, and not from media opinions and warnings, I want the facts and statistics.
On a side note, and this is to give you something else to think about- (this can be a result of global warming/volcanic activity etc.... for those of you who don't believe in a higher power.) 295,608 people died during the 2004 Tsunami, If the Lord chooses to call you home, its your time to go. Do not be terrified of that. I believe He knows best and you shouldn't live your life in fear just because someone tells you to. You shouldn't not board a plane, or take the bus because VP Biden said to be scared of the Swine Flu floating around on it. Because of what we learned then, back in 2004, is that we can leave this world at anytime and anywhere. Do your part to make the world better while your here, please don't live in fear!! Live your life for today with minimal dullness!!!
Thanks for my soap box and hearing me out.
Updated May 3, 2009