Swine flu: Orlando hospital officials say no confirmed cases of...

Dr. Scott Brady, Senior Medical Director and CEO of Centra Care, holds a news conference about the swine flu at Florida Hospital in Orlando on Saturday. Full Story
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comic84

Orlando, FL

#1 Apr 28, 2009
I have read the estimated percentage of cases that are fatal is between 1 and 4 percent. I stand a much better chance of dying in a car wreck than I do from the Swine flu. Guess I'd better not ride in cars any more. The media is once again responsible for causing mass hysteria. It's the FLU, for God's sake, they are treating it like it's the second coming of the bubonic plague or something.

Since: Nov 08

United States

#2 Apr 28, 2009
The sky is falling! The sky is falling!
ut oh

Orlando, FL

#3 Apr 28, 2009
comic84 wrote:
I have read the estimated percentage of cases that are fatal is between 1 and 4 percent. I stand a much better chance of dying in a car wreck than I do from the Swine flu. Guess I'd better not ride in cars any more. The media is once again responsible for causing mass hysteria. It's the FLU, for God's sake, they are treating it like it's the second coming of the bubonic plague or something.
You're right. Each year in the US about 42,000 people die in car accidents, or about 115 people a day. No one reports that. One commercial airliner goes down, killing 115, and it's front page news.

I'd say that 115 people dying each day in the US from car accidents is an epidemic.

As for the swine flu, it's a no-win situation.

People are complaining that it's all mass hysteria. If enough people die, though, people will be complaining that we weren't notified soon enough.
Jack

Saint Cloud, FL

#5 Apr 28, 2009
Comic84 is on the money. I read an article that thousands of people die each year from the flu. Crosing the street is more dangerous than "swine flu".
Brolando

De Leon Springs, FL

#6 Apr 28, 2009
Channel 9 should be ashamed of themselves for trying to get 'a story only seen on channel 9' that was not true, just to get a scoop, from a ridiculous caller. I am done watching any local news on their tabloid oriented station.
Hell with the Other Guy

Gotha, FL

#7 Apr 28, 2009
Yes, well while the mortality rate may be around 7% vs the avian flu mortality of around 40%, the 2000 people in Mexico in the hospital with severe pneumonia probably aren't too happy about things.
Mr Robinsons neighborhood

Winter Park, FL

#8 Apr 28, 2009
Hell with the Other Guy wrote:
Yes, well while the mortality rate may be around 7% vs the avian flu mortality of around 40%, the 2000 people in Mexico in the hospital with severe pneumonia probably aren't too happy about things.
Its not the swine flu - Its the Mexican undocumented flu that really just wants a nice life for it and its poor family and does work that American flu wouldnt do!
Well Read

Bradenton, FL

#9 Apr 28, 2009
I don't think it's causing mass hysteria, I think it's causing concern, which is what we need. People need to be more vigilant about their health. For goodness sake, just a simple washing of the hands before you eat would curb many potential ailments. As you say, this virus, as it stands, has between a 1-4% fatality rate. Just keep in mind, in March of 1918, some of the first reported cases of Spanish flu were in Queens, as they are now, and the fatality rate was around 2.5-4%. They're very similar, and it went on to kill approximately 50 million people worldwide. Now given the medical advances, that number you would think would improve. That is until you compare the current world population to that of 1918, and the rate and which we, and therefore the virus, travel. It is realistically possible that the world could again see a pandemic with such potential.
UpL8

Palm Bay, FL

#10 Apr 29, 2009
....and no one is visiting here from Mexico. Right.

Since: Mar 09

Orlando, FL

#11 Apr 29, 2009
Well Read is well read. Thank you. The potential is the concern.
Mexican Flu

Springfield, OH

#12 Apr 29, 2009
This virus is beginning to mutate into the Mexican-Mickey Mouse Flu......
Enough Already

United States

#13 Apr 29, 2009
The media is blowing this completely out of proportion, at least at this point.

Common sense precautions will go far. Washing hands after using the restroom (Hear that guys, studies show most of you don't), hand sanitizer. I use spray for my office and home. Maybe hold off on shaking hands or hugging everyone you meet.

People are more likely than not to go to work sick because of the economy and fear of replacement so be prepared for this.

People who go out socially even though they are sick will probably not be appreciated, I don't appreciate that anyway it's selfish.
I kant spel

Canyon Lake, TX

#14 Apr 29, 2009
Stop with the Swine flu already. The percentage of cases is so miniscule and the odds are so against catching it, that this is a non-story.
just my opinion

United States

#16 Apr 29, 2009
Whatevah!
I read this just moments ago in sun sentinel.

The Associated Press
7:01 AM EDT, April 29, 2009

The CDC says swine flu has killed a 23-month-old child in Texas. It's the first U.S. death in the current outbreak.

The flu death was confirmed Wednesday by Dr. Richard Besser, acting director of the Centers for Disease Control and Prevention. In an interview with CNN, he gave no other details about the child.
CSP

Oviedo, FL

#17 Apr 29, 2009
To protect tourism, they will delay confirming this one as long as they can.
Apology

Orlando, FL

#18 Apr 29, 2009
OK, FL hospital-you and the doctor need to apologize for freaking everybody out. If you want to be trusted you need to provide accurate information and not play to the press. Why did the doctor even say this?
Apology

Orlando, FL

#19 Apr 29, 2009
CSP wrote:
To protect tourism, they will delay confirming this one as long as they can.
If your statement is accurate then those that delay relaying the facts should have severe sanctions applied.
Pachacutec

Fort Collins, CO

#20 Apr 29, 2009
comic84 wrote:
I have read the estimated percentage of cases that are fatal is between 1 and 4 percent. I stand a much better chance of dying in a car wreck than I do from the Swine flu. Guess I'd better not ride in cars any more. The media is once again responsible for causing mass hysteria. It's the FLU, for God's sake, they are treating it like it's the second coming of the bubonic plague or something.
You are SO right, the hysteria over this is unbelievable and the media is doing their best to fan the flames. It is a strain of flu and while people should be concerned, going into panic mode is not the way to deal with it. Yes, unfortunately, people have died from this flu; people die from other strains of flu as well. Practice good personal hygiene, cover your mouth when you cough or sneeze, if you DO get sick see your doctor. If you have questions about the flu, ask your doctor or other health professionals, don't rely on what you hear from a friend who heard from a friend who received one of those hysterical "forward to everyone you know medical emergency" e-mails.
yikes

Orlando, FL

#21 Apr 29, 2009
Why is this a story.

30,000 people die every year from the flu.

There is not even a case of This flu here in Florida

What is Obama up to?

Well we know we just all bought GM yesterday, but that is no in the headlines. This is pretty funny I sold all the stock I had in GM about 2 years ago. Now Obama has bought it back for me.

Then, we can expect that we will own most of the banks by the end of the week. That will not be in the headlines.

But, I think there is something else going on.
Rusty

Orlando, FL

#22 Apr 29, 2009
This flu thing is BS. People get the flu all the time.

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