Thursday, April 30, 2009

Overreaction To "Swine Flu"

This H1N1(erroneously referred to as "swine flu") virus has people's panties all in a wad. The main stream media would have all of us believe that our lives are in jeopardy. This LA Times article puts it in a little more perspective.

In fact, the current outbreak of the H1N1 virus, which emerged in San Diego and
southern Mexico late last month, may not even do as much damage as the
run-of-the-mill flu outbreaks that occur each winter without much fanfare.

That's not surprising. The media nowadays seems bent on a high drama style of reporting or manufacturing facts. The World Health Organization indicated that the number of cases is up to 257 (two HUNDRED fifty-seven). See this article. It seems the WHO is going to try to stop the swine flu misnomer.

"Let's not lose track of the fact that the normal seasonal influenza is a huge
public health problem that kills tens of thousands of people in the U.S. alone
and hundreds of thousands around the world," said Dr. Christopher Olsen, a
molecular virologist who studies swine flu at the University of Wisconsin School
of Veterinary Medicine in Madison.

Tens of thousands in the U.S. and hundreds of thousands of people worldwide. Two hundred fifty-seven versus hundreds of thousands. That's startling. Any chance the current administration is propagandizing to assist in its ambitious health care reform program?

Just a thought.


At 5:14 PM, Anonymous Vincent said...

I am inclined to agree that it is way overblown. I have been saying that since the media blitz about it started.

However, I doubt it is a liberal conspiracy for health care. It is more likely a news item being used by the media to drive up ratings of news shows and the number of hits on news sites.

At 5:46 PM, Blogger Ol' BC said...

It was just a thought. I wondered because they had Cabinet members from Homeland Security and Agriculture Departments holding press a press conference Tuesday.

At 7:08 PM, Blogger Texas Truth said...

I have also thought it might be a subversive push for nationalized health care. Some down here in Texas have started to refer to it as "Mexican Flu" (at least in private).

At 11:31 AM, Anonymous Amanda said...

As we continue to populate, we'll continue to spread diseases. Don't panic people. It's just like the Bird Flu, West Nile, and any other virus. It'll spread quickly and create pandemonium without the help of the media.

In 1918-1919, the Spanish flu killed 30 million people, but flu, especially new mutations of the virus, can be very dangerous which is why all the media coverage.

As always, it is best to wash your hands and beat anyone who sneezes on you to death. ^_^

At 10:09 AM, Blogger Mark said...

I agree that it is likely overblown, yet due to media coverage, steps were likely taken to prevent further spread.

I am not a fan of this sort of media blitz either, but I can only hope that sometimes it is a good.

Democratic propaganda tool? Yes, it has been used in this way, but not by politicians so much. Mostly bloggers and pundits have been whispering nasty little things about wicked congressmen reducing funding and that sort of inane jibber-jabber.

Anyway, let's hope we can get back to the tasks at hand: economic stimulus, health care, education reform, wars, and prosecuting the purveyors of torture.

At 4:45 PM, Blogger Col. Hogan said...

L Neil Smith calls it the "Bullshit Flu," in honor of Penn Jillette's tv show.

The B Hussein's bought-and-paid-for news media, and even the cable news stations have egg on their faces for their full-time coverage of this fairly ordinary illness.

Beware whenever anyone calls any contagious illness a "pandemic." Mostly, pandemic is a hype word used to scare the crap out of the gullible and make them more malleable.

At 9:35 AM, Blogger Mark said...

Well, I have to say that as a father it certainly got my attention, but I tried to keep a healthy dose of sanity by my bedside as opposed to a dose of Theraflu. :)


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