josh knauer wrote:
You guys don't get it... the issue isn't how many people are getting it now, but how it will mix in with the other flu strains for our normal flu season in the fall/winter. Go back and check out the site now, as the numbers of people in the USA who have it are climbing rapidly. Yes, the severity of the flu is not as intense as, say, avian flu, but it is highly, highly contagious.
The "perfect storm" of flu is to have this strain mix with the "normal" flu, which currently kills 36,000 Americans every year in the fall (which is what many doctors are predicting will happen) and then you have a very contagious flu that mixes with a more severe flu. That packs a pretty hefty punch.
While you all think everyone is hyping this, it is essential that scientists understand how this flu spreads and in what patterns, so that if a more serious (ie: recombined) strain comes along, we as a society know how to react and where to attempt to head it off. I believe that the media has not actually talked about this enough, as is indicated by all of the cases that are being reported late in their cycle.
Go check http://flutracker.rhizalabs.com
and see how it has been spreading over the past week. This is way bigger than some invention of the media.
It's all I hear about these days - television, radio, newspaper, work, home ..... I can't seem to get away so i'm wondering how the media could possibly talk about it anymore than it is.
How do other flu strains recombine? I'm sure they've done some mixing in the past? I mean, I get that scientists need to track it and understand it as much as possible but it does seem hyped. Maybe I am de-sensitized, especailly when the killer bees failed to show up! Not being sarcastic here, just wondering ....
And Josh? ... it's genesis? your insights?