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Whats the deal with swine flu in HK?

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    Difference between regular flu and swine flu:
    1) With H1N1 (2009 Swine Flu), within 5 days it is possible to have the onset of severe respiratory symptoms that progress to pneumonia or other life-threatening complications.
    2) Our immune systems have never been exposed to the swine flu virus or anything similar, so we lack resistance to it.
    3) The swine flu will be harder to stop because there aren't any vaccines to fight it as of now.
    4) About half of the people killed worldwide with swine flu were young and previously healthy. In contrast, regular forms of the seasonal flu typically prove most lethal to the very young and the elderly.
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    Besides the above what worries me is that if I or my husband or our daughter get the virus then we will have to be admitted to the hospital for a few days. We don't have a full-time helper or family to help us out if such a situation arises. Who will take care of my daughter if I get sick???

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    When I think logically about it I am not concerned as the risk of severe infection is no worse than normal flu, but then I read on here all this stuff and it makes me wonder if it is worse or what is going on and panic a bit, which is why I posted the question, but logically it is community acquired which means unless you 100% stay inside your house and isolate yourself, never let anyone in your household go outside you can't be sure you won't get it from a doorknob, let alone a sick person.

    quote from health canada
    As of June 22, 2009, a total of 6,457 laboratory-confirmed cases of H1N1 flu virus have been reported in all provinces and territories in Canada (see Table 1 below). To date, 404 hospitalizations and fifteen deaths have been reported among laboratory-confirmed cases.

    6457 confirmed cases and 15 deaths, small numbers espcially when you consider that the number of cases will actually be much higher than 6457, and lots of people will never ever be tested even though they have the disease.

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    Quote Originally Posted by geomum View Post
    4) About half of the people killed worldwide with swine flu were young and previously healthy. In contrast, regular forms of the seasonal flu typically prove most lethal to the very young and the elderly.
    Where did you get this information from?
    Everything I've heard is that the people who are diying have underlying poor health conditions.

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    Quote Originally Posted by geomum View Post
    Besides the above what worries me is that if I or my husband or our daughter get the virus then we will have to be admitted to the hospital for a few days. We don't have a full-time helper or family to help us out if such a situation arises. Who will take care of my daughter if I get sick???
    My thinking is that they would quarantine the entire family if you indeed came down with swine flu. That has been the case with previous people who have come down with it. They don't just quarantine the sick person but everyone and anyone who may have had contact with him/her (taxi drivers, hotel staff, passengers sitting next to the person) Which means you might be sent to live in a designated hospital or the camp center that they have set up. And that means your daughter would likely be following you there along with your husband. And if you are truly ill where you cannot care for her and your family, there will be medical staff there to care for her. That is my guess.

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    Quote Originally Posted by barbwong_130 View Post
    Where did you get this information from?
    Everything I've heard is that the people who are diying have underlying poor health conditions.
    I looked at this from June 19, 2009

    International Society for Infectious Diseases

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    Quote Originally Posted by thanka2 View Post
    My thinking is that they would quarantine the entire family if you indeed came down with swine flu. That has been the case with previous people who have come down with it. They don't just quarantine the sick person but everyone and anyone who may have had contact with him/her (taxi drivers, hotel staff, passengers sitting next to the person) Which means you might be sent to live in a designated hospital or the camp center that they have set up. And that means your daughter would likely be following you there along with your husband. And if you are truly ill where you cannot care for her and your family, there will be medical staff there to care for her. That is my guess.
    Thanka, I think that used to be the case a week or so earlier. I heard news at 7:30pm on Pearl yesterday and the Govt has said that only serious cases will be hospitalized the rest will be told to stay at home.

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    Today's news says that 400 people have (or have had) swain flu in Hong Kong but none have been so ill to go to the intensive care.

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