The Flu Concern – Panic or not?
By Joseph Parish
Here in America as well as the rest of the world we are now getting very concerned and in some cases beginning to panic over the swine flu which had its beginnings in Mexico. I do not wish to add to this panic however recently the WHO has raised the level of preparedness to that of 6 from its previous 5. What this amounts to is that we are now in a full pandemic. Even at this serious of a level we should not overreact but rather become more prepared then we previously were.
When we consider the number of cases of this flu and the total number of deaths we are still in a safety zone until the flu mutates again to a more dangerous level. In the event that the flu does progress to a new and unusual mutant variety we can fully count on a possible quarantine. If we happen to get to this phase of the disease we can expect some very strict changes to occur rather quickly.
The various situations may change drastically in that many businesses will be forced to shut down operations temporarily until it is again safe to resume business as usual. Granted, many people can not afford to miss a day’s work but the risk would be too great to take a chance. I am sure that at some point in the scenario the federal and state governments will have to step in and handle the problems associated with the quarantine. As an example, since these bread winners can not go to work they will not have the necessary funds to pay their montage, utilities nor to purchase food for their families. Something would need to be done to protect their interests. I sit and wonder if our leaders have given this aspect any thought what so ever.
We are now seeing various responses to this potential flu problem from those people who claim that the media is placing too much hype upon it to those who may perhaps be using it for their individual political gains.
In all reality we should be seriously concerned about the H1N1 since it is actually a mixture of several Swine flu DNA's. The first being the avian flu and the second is the Human flu which has never been seen previously. There are no quick answers to anyone’s question concerning this flu however it is especially important that we be prepared for anything. Since it has never appeared before we do not know how badly it can actually get before it is over.
Prior to the arrival of the white man to the new land the Native Americans had various means at their disposal to treat the flu. These various treatments would have been by the use of herbs, sweats, leaches or perhaps by sacred smoke exposures. Upon investigating you will likely find that these very same methods are still being employed to this day although not necessarily by your Native Americans.
Although directly these primitive methods may not hold much hope in view of the current flu epidemic it goes to prove one important point, that mankind does survive regardless of the detours that are put in front of us. By looking at the whole picture realistically we will realize that many of our past illnesses such as polio, whooping cough, malaria or the Asian flu were all at one time considered new and dangerous diseases that were claimed that they would surely destroy all of mankind. They didn’t and we survived just as we will do again. These diseases did not destroy complete nations or vast groups of people.
It has been said that the common flu kills thousands of people annually and yet this flu has not yet even begun to reach that level. We can and will make it through this difficult times.
Copyright @ 2009 Joseph Parish
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