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28 April 2009 @ 02:41 pm
 
Whenever things like the swine flu pop up I always get slightly nervous because it reminds me of the book, The Stand, which scared me more than any book ever.  I start building scenarios in my head.  I want to wash my hands every three minutes and use hand sanitizer (which I normally hate) until I imagine someone narrating ...  "As the flu spread, many people turned to products like these. [announcer shows a small bottle of Purell]  Little did they know, that this was the last step in a disaster that had been building for decades."  Then, we find out that this strain is not only resistant to instant hand sanitizers, but actually thrives in the chemicals that the sanitizers use.  Thus, we spread the disease more quickly by trying to prevent it.  And eventually we're all (well, maybe one or two of us) living in a post-apocalyptic world with dead bodies in the streets and Las Vegas taken over by a crazy man in black while we try and find an old lady in the fields on Nebraska. 

This is why I shouldn't pay attention to the news.

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lannaspartaflag on April 28th, 2009 11:42 pm (UTC)
My dad is convinced that if I don't manage to die of swine flu immediately, I will become trapped either inside or outside NYC when they quarantine the city.

And possibly turned into a zombie.

I hate the media. Calling NYC the center of the US epidemic is way the hell out of proportion- it's up to 27 cases, still confined to Queens, all of a significantly milder strain that the version that's in Mexico City.

(And yet, I took home a face mask from work, just in case. And I plan to avoid the subway at all costs. So maybe I'm a little worried.)
keitaro_sankeitaro_san on April 29th, 2009 12:32 am (UTC)
Wait, epidemic? Swine flu just came out this week!

The masks have been found to not prevent the spread of disease.
They keep you from spreading disease, not catching it.
http://www.wbaltv.com/health/19303928/detail.html
Aprillyangua27 on April 29th, 2009 12:42 am (UTC)
It's actually a level 4 pandemic according to the CDC.

http://www.cdc.gov/swineflu/


Stysstyskel on April 29th, 2009 01:49 am (UTC)
Don't worry, I have a plan
pawmerry on April 29th, 2009 02:07 pm (UTC)
oink oink!
Elentari: Bambooelvenelentari on April 29th, 2009 03:33 pm (UTC)
Of course I just get excited at the mention of a post apocalyptic world...also wanted to say that last I heard the WHO had it at a level 4 pandemic, out of 7. Could jump up to level 5 now that there's been a death in the US (in Texas no less)