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Swine Flu - Have You Made Your Will?

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I'm working for local government - and it seems we get regular bulletines - almost a daily bulletin about where it's at and what's going to happen and what the Council is doing to prepare to keep services alive despite most staff being struck down.

Because I'm in IT - there's massives amounts of activitity and money being spent on preparing to keep the services going on the basis that is near disaster ...

Given that there are now people being struck down who were otherwise healthy - and that the government keeps touting the "underlying causes" thread - just to stop it from being a panic - what are you doing to safe-guard you families?

And have you done your will?

I've done mine in draft - but now going to keep the solicitors from being made redundant by getting my will drawn up formerly.

Anyone else doing the same?

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I've done mine in draft - but now going to keep the solicitors from being made redundant by getting my will drawn up formerly.

Anyone else doing the same?

Errm, won't the solicitors have been killed by swine flu?

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You're far too complacent...

She could be dead by morning. Local government systems will collapse by the weekend. Whatever shall we do?

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I diagnosed my first case today (as a GP in Lancashire).

Won't be surprised if I come down with it myself in 24-48h.

But hey, seems to me better to get it now while it's fairly mild... who knows, it may mutate into something more virulent.

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Heather, I have been meaning to get around to it and now feel compelled to do so, thanks. Just updated my nominated beneficiary on both my life cover at work and my pension fund, to my other half in the last month.

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Heather5, find a paper bag and breath into it.

The world is not about to end.

If you are concerned about your health stop drinking, smoking, eating processed crap and do some exercise.

Spend 2 minutes 39 seconds of your life to get some perspective by watching this video.

Summary for the lazy:

over 13 days swine flu killed 31 people in the world. Tuberculosis killed 63,066 in the same period.

If you look at google news reports over the period there were 8,176 news articles per death for swine flu and 0.1 articles on TB per death. You managed to live this long without having panic attacks about TB didn't you?

Time to panic is when swine flu is killing 10 million people a day... Which it is never going to come close to.

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Is that said cat in avatar?

No, sadly he died a year ago and only left a vets bill.

Of the 3 stray cats we brought back from Japan 4 years ago, only 1 remains. The female, as you might expect.

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Heather5, find a paper bag and breath into it.

The world is not about to end.

If you are concerned about your health stop drinking, smoking, eating processed crap and do some exercise.

Spend 2 minutes 39 seconds of your life to get some perspective by watching this video.

Summary for the lazy:

over 13 days swine flu killed 31 people in the world. Tuberculosis killed 63,066 in the same period.

If you look at google news reports over the period there were 8,176 news articles per death for swine flu and 0.1 articles on TB per death. You managed to live this long without having panic attacks about TB didn't you?

Time to panic is when swine flu is killing 10 million people a day... Which it is never going to come close to.

Good post re: the media hysteria. On the other hand, 62600 of these deaths occurred outside the UK, mostly in developing countries, and sadly people don't really give a s*** what happens there. By contrast, we could easily see 1000+ deaths in the UK from Swine Flu by Christmas even if it remains 'mild.'

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I'm working for local government - and it seems we get regular bulletines - almost a daily bulletin about where it's at and what's going to happen and what the Council is doing to prepare to keep services alive despite most staff being struck down.

Because I'm in IT - there's massives amounts of activitity and money being spent on preparing to keep the services going on the basis that is near disaster ...

Given that there are now people being struck down who were otherwise healthy - and that the government keeps touting the "underlying causes" thread - just to stop it from being a panic - what are you doing to safe-guard you families?

And have you done your will?

I've done mine in draft - but now going to keep the solicitors from being made redundant by getting my will drawn up formerly.

Anyone else doing the same?

and for petes sake, dont even consider having sex!

http://wiki.answers.com/Q/How_many_people_...ng_sex_per_year

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Heather5, find a paper bag and breath into it.

The world is not about to end.

If you are concerned about your health stop drinking, smoking, eating processed crap and do some exercise.

Spend 2 minutes 39 seconds of your life to get some perspective by watching this video.

Summary for the lazy:

over 13 days swine flu killed 31 people in the world. Tuberculosis killed 63,066 in the same period.

This comparison doesn't work. You can't compare the first few weeks of a disease with a fully established disease. A comparison this time next year might be more useful.

I'm sure the UK media will focus on TB if it starts killing Brits in large numbers though.

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No, sadly he died a year ago and only left a vets bill.

Of the 3 stray cats we brought back from Japan 4 years ago, only 1 remains. The female, as you might expect.

How did you go about bringing them from Japan? I might be in a similar situation myself soon but have no idea how you'd go about putting a cat on a plane.

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Good post re: the media hysteria. On the other hand, 62600 of these deaths occurred outside the UK, mostly in developing countries, and sadly people don't really give a s*** what happens there. By contrast, we could easily see 1000+ deaths in the UK from Swine Flu by Christmas even if it remains 'mild.'

Wow. 1000 dead.

As compared to the annual UK average deaths from 'harmless flu' - 12,000.

In a good year that figure drops to about 4,000 flu deaths in bad years (1989/90) 29,000 died of flu.

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How did you go about bringing them from Japan? I might be in a similar situation myself soon but have no idea how you'd go about putting a cat on a plane.

They tend to get agitated if you put the inflight headphones on.

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I diagnosed my first case today (as a GP in Lancashire).

Won't be surprised if I come down with it myself in 24-48h.

But hey, seems to me better to get it now while it's fairly mild... who knows, it may mutate into something more virulent.

Hey Doc, do you do internet consultations?

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Good post re: the media hysteria. On the other hand, 62600 of these deaths occurred outside the UK, mostly in developing countries, and sadly people don't really give a s*** what happens there. By contrast, we could easily see 1000+ deaths in the UK from Swine Flu by Christmas even if it remains 'mild.'

So if it gets much worse than that it'll be competing with the motorcar in deaths.

Oh no, wait, that's only counting the few thousand killed by heavy metal objects, not the hundreds of thousands suffering respiratory ailments brought on by pollution that makes all of us into virtual heavy smokers.

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Hey Doc, do you do internet consultations?

I have to say no. In my opinion a lot (most?) of the useful information exchanged in a consultation is non-verbal. I wouldn't be happy working from just words on a screen.

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How did you go about bringing them from Japan? I might be in a similar situation myself soon but have no idea how you'd go about putting a cat on a plane.

If you are taking a cat out of the UK it's not too bad (don't think of bringing it back)

Different countries have different rules but sometimes they can be taken as hand luggage.(usually direct flights)

Bringing 3 from Japan was total nightmare, various rules, shots, tests, microchips etc. Damned expensive.

There are specialist companies that ship animals.

Have a look at Defra's website.

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