Friday, October 30, 2009

H1N1 - fearmongering and false information

I cannot believe the websites out there. There are homeopaths recommending their products. What motivation do you think THEY have!  There are some denying the WHO facts, like the Holocaust deniers, with misinformation clouding their vision. The 1918 flu Epidemic cost at least 21 million lives. Statistics were not available from many places, India, for example. In Canada 50,000 died. In the US, 675,000.

We know so much more about prevention and curing such diseases. If only people will listen.

The facts remain: as of October 17, 2009, there were 414,000 laboratory confirmed cases in the world, with 5,000 deaths.
Mexico alone had 50,234 confirmed cases. And what we need to remember is that there are many more unconfirmed cases in which people survived and had limited symptoms.

In this, week 42, the most increases in cases were in children between the ages of 2 and 17 years in Ontario, W. Newfoundland and Labrador. There have been exponential increases, with graphs zooming upwards as people begin to contaminate each other in schools, and at work.

Long-Term Care facilities are sending home questionnaires determining if family members will help out with their loved ones, or other sick patients and asking if they have had an H1N1 vaccine.

This is not a pretty pandemic. But talk to your family physician. Read the facts from those who know what they are talking about. Remember, too, that those who are not dying from this will have increased immune protection and protect those around them.

Get the facts. FluWatch animated maps of flu activity, Public Health Agency of Canada

Not the false promises:

Greenearth Organics Simcoe-Muskoka: H1N1 Swine flu cure by Homeopathy
By sblack 
For all those interested in an alternative to vaccination for H1N1, or for natural, safe and effective treatment for the flu, here's info from the source, The British Institute of Homeopathy.

From CBC:

About 200,000 people die in Canada every year from all causes combined, including about 4,000 from seasonal flu.
"By the time all the dust has settled on H1N1, somewhere between 200 and 300 people will have died in this country," Schabas said Thursday during a panel on media coverage of H1N1 on CBC-TV'sThe National.

1 comment:

Teena in Toronto said...

Thanks for letting me know about the info you've posted ... I'll take a look at it tomorrow.