Flu “surge”…

First, a brief note about the lack of a seasonal message this year – I was just too ill. Profoundly depressed too and, between the two, not a little surprised to still be here.That’s why this post is a little delayed – it was so badly written I’ve just had to rewrite the entire thing. It’s not particularly time-sensitive, though.

Right, on with the show:-

Flu surge alarms doctors as virus hits children shrieks the Guardian, and doubtless other media too. What does that mean in reality? 27 deaths.

OK, if you, or a loved one, are one of the 27 it’s still too many, but it sure as hell isn’t any cause for media hysteria. People die from flu (well, more often than not from Continue reading

Swine Flu – the novelty wears off…

It seems, despite all the publicity about the potential  pandemic, people are getting terribly blasé about it. That’s probably a mistake, even though, outside Mexico, it has been extremely undramatic.

In the pharmacy, yesterday, waiting for my monthly meds – which should have been delivered but the doctor’s surgery screwed up – a guy wandered in and asked for Continue reading

Swine flu…

The more retarded members of the UK’s media are pondering the question of why this is called swine flu, when no pigs have been found to be infected.

So, for the hard of thinking, this is a mutated version of the H1N1 type A flu virus that normally causes flu in humans. The mutated version also contains elements of the swine flu virus (as well as traces of the variant that affects birds). The swine-flu component is what gives it its populist name, because people-swine-bird flu is just too cumbersome and would confuse even more people.

See, told you it wasn’t hard.

And as I said in my previous post on the subject, comparisons with the 1918 pandemic are facile and alarmist.