According to the WHO the strain responsible for the 2009 swine flu outbreak in most cases causes only mild symptoms and the infected person makes a full recovery without requiring medical attention and without the use of antiviral medicines.
“Every year in the U.S., 5 percent to 20 percent of the population gets seasonal flu. The virus affects the nose, throat and lungs, and peaks from late-November through March, according to the CDC. About 200,000 Americans are hospitalized annually from the seasonal flu, and 36,000 die, said the CDC Web site.” – this from Bloomberg.
I think swine flu also gives relevance and meaning to the lives of those who work for WHO and in NZ’s medical establishment. It also helps some countries implement anti-free trade policies.
Swine Flu is just another fear-mongering rort by the anti-democratic pinko half-educated jackboot-wearing indoctrinated socialist commie scum half-wits. And their lying Sycophants in the MSM.
F*ck off with your climate change and your long march towards world domination. The sooner you scummy commie scum are six feet under pushing up daisies, the better for us freedom fighters.
(With apologies to my old mate, as this is not really an actual quote from the man himself
Of course many many more people will have died from less-exciting forms of flu in the days since the Swine Flu story broke. (It is a pity no-one in the media has seen fit to report this.)
However I think the main reason the Swine Flu is worth worrying about is because, wthout extensive case histories, new and hitherto-unknown variants e.g. Swine Flu, Bird Flu etc are unpredictable and no-one really knows if they will be a catastrophe or a non-event. Although of course, plumbers, carpenters and Kiwiblog commentators are very quick to formulate their own expert opinions one way or the other!
“Bad flu epidemics can hit young adults hardest because they provoke their powerful immune systems into overreaction, so to stay healthy spend the next few weeks drunk and sleep-deprived to keep yours suppressed.”
“Every year in the U.S., 5 percent to 20 percent of the population gets seasonal flu. The virus affects the nose, throat and lungs, and peaks from late-November through March, according to the CDC. About 200,000 Americans are hospitalized annually from the seasonal flu, and 36,000 die, said the CDC Web site.”
Now imagine something at the high end of that infectiousness and 25 times as deadly. I’m not saying that’s happening now, but that’s what the protections are for.
Government heath agencies have confirmed a widespread Wine Flu outbreak as a nation of drinkers wait anxiously for further information to be released. Thought to have started as an adverse reaction to the pandemic of substandard wine offers flooding the New Zealand market, Wine Flu is a fast acting virus that makes sufferers unable to stomach cheap, nasty wine again.
Symptoms of Wine Flu include cold sweats, hangovers and nausea but a Government Official reassured drinkers by announcing that simple steps can be taken to stop the spread of the virus.
“Sufferers must refrain from buying cheap, low quality wine and switch to cheap good wine immediately. We recommend http://www.antiwineflu.co.nz as an immediate antidote. Anyone who does not have internet access should contact their local hospital for a Wine Flu mask designed specifically for their wine tastes.”
Any suggestions as to what the correct libertarian, small government response to a pandemic would be? I really can’t work it out.
Here’s a few ideas.
Short version: Let the market handle it (duh).
* If doctors can charge per treatment (free market healthcare), and charge more for house visits, many doctors will become available to treat patients.
* If we allow nurses to prescribe simple meds like Tamiflu, we won’t even need all those doctors to do house visits.
* Several companies will compete to quickly research, make and distribute an effective vaccine and/or drugs to treat the illness. In a free market, the quickest-produced and most-effective vaccine will win. (This might require changing of intellectual property law, which are essentially government-granted monopolies. Different libertarians have different opinions on this).
* Insurance companies might pay for large quantities of Tamiflu and/or vaccines and supply it to those who have health insurance with them to avoid having to pay out on thousands of life insurance policies. Similarly companies offering health insurance to employees could arrange to have employees and their families treated.
Malaria kills over 3000 people a year. Why don’t the news print that? Companies like Gilead, Roche who make Tamiflu vaccine are seeing a rise in their shares already. I think you guys are starting to get the picture.
ratbiter – “in a similar vein”…of course the green response will be;
SARswine2avianK were just captalist scams………………….nice trys, but none of which will ever match our global warming.
Stop showering, lighting, eating burgers and driving cars and listen to us – oh, and equal land rights for gay whales while your at it
Murray your right. So, you don’t have to worry because the maleria carrying masquito won’t fly beyond certain regions. So it is safe. Maleria still has killed more people than the so called bird or swine flu and the fluenza doesn’t seem to be restricted by any region. You can take a cautious approach which most would agree with you. But please look at the bird flu scare. This was only a few years ago. I am sure you remember Bush telling everyone that 200 million world wide will die.. Rumsfield, Bush’s father and a good friend made tens of millions. These people are in a position of authority and have an incredible amount of influence world wide. Cambodia was taken over by the military while their leader was in Paris… a coup which was supplied and financed by the CIA back in the early 70′s. I don’t take that cautious approach because whenever I see things connected to Rumsfield, Cheney, Bush, I know it is a scam.