Can I use that word Esom? It is a derivative of yours. I have had just about all that I can take of the media coverage of the imminent pandemic of the swine flu. I have not seen this much of an overblown threat to mankind since… the economic crisis. The media ran the economy story daily with screaming headlines and eventually, in my opinion, CAUSED Americans to stop spending money, sending the economy into a tailspin. Thanks dumbass media. And now the media is going to help us all to feel massively threatened by an outbreak of the swine flu. This new deadly virus makes Ebola and Hunta look like the sniffles. Soon we will be in a “I Am Legend” world where the few immune are left to try to survive while the infected run rampant attempting to convert everyone they can. I am already pre-ordering my “Zombie Apocalypse Survival Guide”. What, what’s that you say? It’s just a flu? Really?
The World Health Organization has raised its pandemic alert for swine flu to the second highest level, meaning that it believes a global outbreak of the disease is imminent. WHO Director-General Margaret Chan made the decision Wednesday to raise the alert level from phase 4 (signifying transmission in only one country) to phase 5 after reviewing the latest scientific evidence on the outbreak. Since the WHO is throwing words like “pandemic” around in an attempt to scare the shit out of everyone, let’s talk about this so we can see the realities that we face.
So what is it that you think of when you hear the word pandemic? I asked a bunch of people that question today. The overwhelming response was that pandemic was akin to the plague. A sweeping disease that causes massive death and threatens entire populations. Unfortunately, that is what people think. And the media is playing on that by using the word over and over while never defining it. So let’s start with that. A pandemic is an epidemic of infectious disease that spreads through populations across a large region; for instances a continent, or even worldwide. Since they threw that word in there, let’s define epidemic: An epidemic occurs when new cases of a certain disease occur in a given human population, during a given period, substantially exceed what is “expected,” based on recent experience (the number of new cases in the population during a specified period of time is called the “incidence rate”).
So does this qualify? Hard for me to say because, to be truthful, I am not a doctor. However I think there are a few numbers that should be thrown around before people start getting up in arms as the world devolves into chaos. Dr Keiji Fukuda, WHO’s Assistant Director-General ad. Interim for Health Security and Environment, said,“The illness is consistent with seasonal influenza and has generally the same symptoms of seasonal influenza. Our information to date shows that the infection can range from very mild, requiring no hospitalization and recovering after a few days, to fatal, which is also in keeping with seasonal influenza.”
So according to the WHO doctor, Swine Flu acts like any other flu. Flu deaths are common around the world. In the U.S. alone, the CDC says about 36,000 people a year die of flu-related causes. Let’s compare this to the Swine Flu “crisis”, shall we? Deaths in the United States so far: 1. Total infected in the US so far: 100. Deaths worldwide so far: 160. Total infections so far Worldwide: 2,600. I know I am not a doctor and I may just be messed up in my math, but these numbers don’t seem to even come close to the number of deaths from the flu every year in the United States. I just cannot understand why this is being called a crisis. Why is everyone panicking? What is going on here?
And what is up with these “threat levels” being issued by the CDC. When people hear threat level 5 with 6 being the max, they are thinking we are at plague levels. Holy shit, we are all going to die. In reality the threat levels have nothing to do with the severity of disease or the number of people infected. What the threat levels describe is nothing more than the way that the disease is passed (human to human is phase 3) and the spread of the disease (not the number of cases widespread, but instead the distance widespread). From the World Health Organization website, the definitions of the phases:
In nature, influenza viruses circulate continuously among animals, especially birds. Even though such viruses might theoretically develop into pandemic viruses, in Phase 1 no viruses circulating among animals have been reported to cause infections in humans.
In Phase 2 an animal influenza virus circulating among domesticated or wild animals is known to have caused infection in humans, and is therefore considered a potential pandemic threat.
In Phase 3, an animal or human-animal influenza reassortant virus has caused sporadic cases or small clusters of disease in people, but has not resulted in human-to-human transmission sufficient to sustain community-level outbreaks. Limited human-to-human transmission may occur under some circumstances, for example, when there is close contact between an infected person and an unprotected caregiver. However, limited transmission under such restricted circumstances does not indicate that the virus has gained the level of transmissibility among humans necessary to cause a pandemic.
Phase 4 is characterized by verified human-to-human transmission of an animal or human-animal influenza reassortant virus able to cause “community-level outbreaks.” The ability to cause sustained disease outbreaks in a community marks a significant upwards shift in the risk for a pandemic. Any country that suspects or has verified such an event should urgently consult with WHO so that the situation can be jointly assessed and a decision made by the affected country if implementation of a rapid pandemic containment operation is warranted. Phase 4 indicates a significant increase in risk of a pandemic but does not necessarily mean that a pandemic is a forgone conclusion.
Phase 5 is characterized by human-to-human spread of the virus into at least two countries in one WHO region. While most countries will not be affected at this stage, the declaration of Phase 5 is a strong signal that a pandemic is imminent and that the time to finalize the organization, communication, and implementation of the planned mitigation measures is short.
Phase 6, the pandemic phase, is characterized by community level outbreaks in at least one other country in a different WHO region in addition to the criteria defined in Phase 5. Designation of this phase will indicate that a global pandemic is under way.
So while a threat level of 5 may seem like the world is crashing down around us, it has nothing to do with that. So it is interesting that the MSM is not taking the time to explain the threat levels and keep people calm. And that is the biggest part of my bitch right now. It seems as though, in direct conflict with their claims, the MSM, WHO, and American government are doing everything that they can to incite a panic in the American public. We have the President coming out and telling schools they may want to consider shutting down (The President was quoted by the San Francisco Examiner as saying that schools “should strongly consider temporarily closing so that we can be as safe as possible,”). Three different Congressional Panels have called for “emergency meetings” tomorrow to deal with the “crisis”. Texas officials are postponing all public high school athletic and academic competitions until May 11. Obama asked Congress for $1.5 billion in emergency funds.
The CDC calls the new strain a combination of pig, bird and human viruses for which people may have limited natural immunity. Hence the need for a vaccine. Using samples of the flu taken from people who fell ill in Mexico and the U.S., scientists are engineering a strain that could trigger the immune system without causing illness. The first doses of a swine-flu vaccine could be available about 15 weeks after the World Health Organization decides what kind of vaccine it wants companies to produce.
So what gives here? It seems as though there is a crisis being “built” with this particular virus. And anytime I see what appears to me to be a manufactured crisis I start to get leery. What exactly is this “pandemic” a distraction or a setup for? After all we have a crisis being created where it doesn’t seem to fit. And we already know that this particular administration lives on the mantra “never let a crisis go to waste”.
And just because I like the idea of throwing a little bit of mud in the eye of arrogant democrats who these days blame everything on “the previous administration”, I have to add this: Previous U.S. President George W. Bush wanted to fund a massive $7.1 billion flu crisis-reaction program, but the Democrat-controlled 110th Congress eliminated the start-up funding of $870 million for it in both the fiscal year 2008 and fiscal year 2009 budgets. There was no funding for the program in the giant $787 billion emergency economic stimulus package that the new 111th Congress passed in February. Imagine that, Bush would have had us prepared for this “crisis” had the Democrats in Congress not shut it down. LOLOLOLOLOL
Coming Tomorrow: The Conclusion of the March Towards Socialism Series