Swine Flu: A 3rd Probable Case In Con...

Swine Flu: A 3rd Probable Case In Connecticut

There are 49 comments on the Hartford Courant story from Apr 30, 2009, titled Swine Flu: A 3rd Probable Case In Connecticut. In it, Hartford Courant reports that:

Wednesday brought a warning from federal officials that new cases of swine flu could be more severe than the dozens already spread across the country.

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Grampy

South Windsor, CT

#1 Apr 30, 2009
Had this flu outbreak occurred twelve months earlier Pelosi, Reid, the leftist main stream media and Move On.org would be blaming the Bush Administration for it. Bush was crucified for a flyover of New Orleans after Katrina. How come Obama and his cultlike adminstration escape this one unscathed and blameless?
Lets be reasonable

AOL

#2 Apr 30, 2009
First, over 30,000 people die from flu each year in the U.S. 2nd - most people who have gotten this recover from what was a normal flu. Lets not freak out before we really know what is going on. This is getting a little ridiculous.
Waldo 312

Marietta, GA

#3 Apr 30, 2009
I find it interesting the schools can close but businesses stay open. Are the schools more susceptible to swine flu than businesses.
pair a noids

United States

#4 Apr 30, 2009
They should be sterilizing planes to and from Mexico ,and border fences and guard's...lol
a3digitiq

Binghamton, NY

#5 Apr 30, 2009
Swine Flu???????

Place the blame where it belongs!

Call it "Obama Flu". It's all his fault!
Miss Anthropic

Manchester, CT

#6 Apr 30, 2009
Waldo 312 wrote:
I find it interesting the schools can close but businesses stay open. Are the schools more susceptible to swine flu than businesses.
Yes, for a couple of reasons.
1. Children have different metabolisms than adults and therefore could be contagious longer than adults.
2. Children are not fully socialized yet so they don't reliably wash their hands, cover their mouths when they cough,*not* pick their noses...I mean, this distinction is the idea behind the logic however as I type it I recall going grocery shopping yesterday and seeing a grown man coughing straight out into the face of an elderly woman.
3. And this is somewhat cynical, but I think there are quite a few parents out there who will send their kids to school, fever or no. I've seen that in both upper and lower income families. Mom and dad can't or don't want to take a sick day, so off to school little junior goes even though he threw up this morning. Like 2 though, there will be people who don't know enough self care to stay home when they themselves are sick.

I understand that these last two reasons don't exactly make a sharp, practical distinction between practices at schools and practices at businesses, but in theory, adults are not supposed to act like 6 year olds.

Since: Apr 09

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#7 Apr 30, 2009
I like that the swine industry want to change the name to mexican flu
D Man

Manchester, NH

#8 Apr 30, 2009
The difference with this strain of flu is that humans have no resistance to this new strain. Also, this flu is killing in a new age group of 20-50 year olds. This is not a normal age group to be affected fatally. Normally flu kills the aged and very young. For those who think this is just a lot of hype...beware! When the WHO gets involved, it's a serious situation.
sleaveless

United States

#9 Apr 30, 2009
The superintendent of schools, sig figure salary and perks a plenty, should give janitor Jim Strong his face mask, show him to cover his cough with his hand or, better, his elbow. but not to wipe on his sleeve. Or Jimbo may not be so Strong. Got that?

Since: Apr 08

Coventry, CT

#10 Apr 30, 2009
During the winter flu season most school districts sanitize desks and surfaces at night.

Why do schools need to be closed to do something that typically can be done after school?
Another Teacher Holiday

Charleroi, PA

#11 Apr 30, 2009
Seems like a gross over-reaction at this time to close the schools. Probably just another teacher holiday (....since the weather's nice). And, Oh,...by the way...our kids are falling behind the rest of the world in education. Maybe it's because they only go to school from 8 to 3pm and get off at least once a week for teacher meetings, holidays, school events (...like Latin America day), and now the Swine Flu. Also, should these schools be cleaned like this on a regular basis? Why do they wait for a flu epidemic (?) to thoroughly clean the schools?
MOM

Granby, CT

#12 Apr 30, 2009
its absolutely stupid that they do not shut down the entire school district in that area rather than the single isolated school! as if these children do not have siblings or outside contacts. they say they are taking extra precautions and yet you would think that would be a huge step to squashing it! In addition people need to be courteous and think about other people. stay home, dont go out, dont arrange play dates just because there is no school! you child could have had more exposure to the affected child or person than the other child! Dont just say your taking the actions, Take them!
Richard

United States

#13 Apr 30, 2009
I wonder if the casinos that seem so important to Connecticut's economy are making plans to close down? After all, in any rational society they would be considered among the least "necessary" sites of public gathering.

From what I understand, the new feature in this swine flu is that it can be transmitted from human to human, unlike previous versions. Since it's still mutating, there's simply no way to tell what it may evolve into.

Anyone who is predisposed to think that the end of the world is coming may care to read Daniel Defoe's "A Journal of the Plague Year."
Keith

United States

#14 Apr 30, 2009
I live in Vernon and I have recently heard about the Vernon school district closing for an unconfirmed case of H1N1 (swine) flu. I can't find details about this and I am very concerned.

I think that at this point, there are no over-reactions. We all need to be very cautious. When the experts on flu shrug their shoulders at us, I think we should all take it seriously.
CTres

Santa Monica, CA

#15 Apr 30, 2009
How concerned can the cleaning guy be...he's not even wearing a mask.
BHL

Milldale, CT

#16 Apr 30, 2009
OINK, OINK, OINK
LocalOnlineNewsT V

Hartford, CT

#17 Apr 30, 2009
See how West Hartford is preparing for the Swine Flu at LocalOnlineNews.TV:
http://localonlinenews.tv/video/news/2009/04/...
Mainer Mike

Union, ME

#18 Apr 30, 2009
AS I SEE IT ------- Mike "Mainer Mike" Brown.

At first, I was skeptical, I thought the media was blowing the Swine Flu out of proportion like they always do anytime some potentially dangerous problem occurs.

The thing is, you don't know if a news story should be taken seriously or not because they like to scare the public.

But now, it's fair to say that this time the media has good reason to report that this really is a big deal, mostly because there is no vaccine for it.

Still, their is nothing I can do about it, so why should I worry? We are all going to die anyway.
One Voice

Boston, MA

#19 Apr 30, 2009
Miss Anthropic wrote:
<quoted text>
Yes, for a couple of reasons.
1. Children have different metabolisms than adults and therefore could be contagious longer than adults.
2. Children are not fully socialized yet so they don't reliably wash their hands, cover their mouths when they cough,*not* pick their noses...I mean, this distinction is the idea behind the logic however as I type it I recall going grocery shopping yesterday and seeing a grown man coughing straight out into the face of an elderly woman.
3. And this is somewhat cynical, but I think there are quite a few parents out there who will send their kids to school, fever or no. I've seen that in both upper and lower income families. Mom and dad can't or don't want to take a sick day, so off to school little junior goes even though he threw up this morning. Like 2 though, there will be people who don't know enough self care to stay home when they themselves are sick.
I understand that these last two reasons don't exactly make a sharp, practical distinction between practices at schools and practices at businesses, but in theory, adults are not supposed to act like 6 year olds.
You bring up very valid points. While some might think closing schools is overreacting, I take the "better safe than sorry" approach.
GRP

Norwich, CT

#20 Apr 30, 2009
Miss Anthropic wrote:
<quoted text> ... but I think there are quite a few parents out there who will send their kids to school, fever or no. I've seen that in both upper and lower income families. Mom and dad can't or don't want to take a sick day, so off to school little junior goes even though he threw up this morning...
These will be the same parents who scream and threaten to sue if their little angel contracts it and the schools DID NOT shut down to clean.

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