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Old 04-27-2009, 01:08 PM
 
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I'm going to Tijuana in June for a few days and am so worried.

I called my sister, a nurse who put it into perspective-
are people avoiding the US as a whole?
Is travel to New York City forbidden? (can you imagine that!)
SARS, remember that? What happened - it just disappeared from the media.

So far, Tijuana is clear- but I'm sure by then it won't be.
And if it's in NY, it will soon be in surrounding states, too? Right?

Or is this just one of those times you stand 3 feet away from others, don't touch anything, and wear a mask?
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Old 04-27-2009, 03:09 PM
 
Location: The Big D
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I live in Texas. Should I leave the state to avoid it

I believe it is just a time that should wake us all up. We are pretty sloppy ourselves when it comes to hygiene and don't always wash hands after using the restroom. Then throw in if your in a public restroom and it looks like you'd catch more germs by washing your hands if the place doesn't clean them often........ not good. I've seen some public restrooms where the toilets looked cleaner than the sinks and door knobs to get out of there.
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Old 04-27-2009, 06:03 PM
 
Location: Olympus Mons, Mars
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I believe it is just like ordinary flu, about a week of inconvenience. This is not some major killer like the media is making it out to be!
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Old 04-27-2009, 09:45 PM
 
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I believe it is just like ordinary flu, about a week of inconvenience. This is not some major killer like the media is making it out to be!
Tell that to the people who died from it in Mexico
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Old 04-27-2009, 10:48 PM
 
Location: Cosmic Consciousness
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I believe it is just like ordinary flu, about a week of inconvenience.
Yeah, not exactly -- this strain has labbed out as four types of influenza in one "bug", and humans have no immunities to any of the four...

"Inconvenience" is true of influenza strains to which humans have some partial immunity.
Death is true of untreated (even sometimes treated) influenza strains to which humans have no immunity. Googling the effects and history of influenza is instructive.

Anyone thinking of going to Mexico can keep up with the degree of danger or safety on the front page of the CDC website, which will be constantly updated.
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Old 04-27-2009, 11:43 PM
 
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Here is one concern I'd have... as of now, the strain in Mexico seems to be stronger. When you are in an airplane, you are sharing recycled air, so you are put at an increased risk if someone on board is infected. But my biggest consern would be, if I'm in Mexico on vacation for a week, and I get ill on day 2... I'm not going to be seen in the US, I'm going to be seen in MEXICO and you know - I don't think I'd want to trust it to the local hospital there to make sure I'm ok. So while I live in the NY Metro area, I'm not paniced here (as of now) but I wouldn't want to be in Mexico either.
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Old 04-28-2009, 12:37 AM
 
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Solution: Don't go to Mexico, as all the health authorities are urging, until this is sorted out. All the airlines are allowing no-charge ticket changes right now, for the next couple or few days.
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Old 04-28-2009, 09:31 AM
 
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I've decided to NOT go....however, I am monitoring the situation as it's so weird for Europe's CDC/State Department equivalent to say:

avoid travel to the US.

So if there is no killer outbreak in Baja- I'll go in June.
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Old 05-04-2009, 01:26 PM
 
Location: Denver, CO
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No, Vegas, it's not weird, it's called ignorance and politics. Pay attention to where you are going, the govt's issues (Mexico) and keep your hands washed and out of your face. You really can't run from the flu, it's worldwide.
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Old 05-04-2009, 09:32 PM
 
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The 1918 flu was a inconvenience i the spring also. But it was certainly more in teh fall of the year. Its good that we pay attention and neither panic or ignore the possiblities.Cetainly I would rush to teh worse striken nation since so much in all countries have come from going to mexico.
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