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The great, big, Swine flu hype!

The past week has the media abuzz with only one ‘news’ – Swine flu!

Such is the panic caused by the wide spread hype, that schools and multiplexes were shut down for 3 days in Bombay and for a month in Pune! Masks – N 95 or any other – are being sold at 5-8 times their retail value. A day before the Janmastami festival (birth celebrition of Lord Shri Krishna) takes place, there were orders to cancel the festivities as the festival would mean wide spread gathering of people in large groups. The Municipal corp. told mall owners to reduce the hype around the 15th August Independence sales in an effort to curb people visiting the malls in large numbers!

But how was the cry for downing shutters really effective?

The students stayed away from colleges and schools. But for the Malls and shops, it was business as usual. A few shop owners claimed they did not get the memo from the BMC…. (hello, didn’t you read the newspapers??)

With the price monies on dahihandis ranging from Rs. 15,00,000 to Rs. 60,00,000, how can the govindas resist the urge to make money?? They made most of the bandh in Bombay and were seen running rampant in the city! No sir, the swine flu did not stop them! So then, why the hype??

So far, about 25 (approx.) people have succumbed to the flu virus in India. Why is that so alarming? A doctor claimed that according to National Stats, 22 people die of Tuberculosis EVERY DAY in the country! Why then is Swine flu being propogated by the media as if its the No.1 killer in the country?

Truth is – Swine flu is deadly… there is no doubt about it. But it can be prevented and IT CAN BE CURED just by observing normal hygiene like washing your hands frequently and by going to the doctor in case you feel feverish or you develop flu like symptoms. One has to take the same precautions that one would take for preventing ordinary flu.

1) wash hands often 2) cough/sneeze into a tissue or use the sleeve of your clothing (between the elbow and shoulder) to cover your mouth 3) eat fruits and drink plenty of water 4) Do not take medication unless prescribed by the doctor 5) If you start taking the meds, complete the entire course of medication

Other than the above precautions, I think its life as usual for Bombaites! There is no need to shut down the city and stay holed in your home, although shutting the city will lead to other benefits, like lower vehicular emmissions and less traffic congestion on the streets! If rumors are to be believed, the travel between Bombay and Pune had dropped to 30% and one does not need to book tickets in advance to catch a bus ride to Pune! Now, that the positive effect of the Swine flu virus and how it played its part in curbing global warming!

And last but not the least, dont forget that the human body has something called Immunity! It can not only help in fighting the virus but also prevent the virus from infecting the person!

Happy Independence Day to all fellow Indians!

I wish the Indian media would grow-up and be more responsible in their print, instead of blowing stories out of proportion and turning every piece of news into a ‘breaking news’!

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  1. August 23, 2009 at 12:16

    Oh yes…Swine flu is being treated like an epidemic which has no cure and will wipe off the entire nation…..
    Can’t believe that even if you are suffering from normal cold & cough people around you say OH GOd you should go get yourself checked for Swine flu….

    • August 24, 2009 at 04:30

      Now getting checked for the flu on having a cold is not a bad idea… but to close down Malls n places for days is an over-reaction!

  2. August 18, 2009 at 03:49

    When I told people I was going to Singapore for a holiday they warned me to be extra careful because of swine flu.

    In Singapore they had notices on public buildings asking visitors from Mexico, USA and MELBOURNE to not come in/wear a mask/go to their doctor……

    I’m from Sydney and I wash my hands a lot 🙂

    • August 18, 2009 at 12:44

      lol @ Melbourne and Sydney…. but then again you’re a nurse, so hygiene must be a second nature to you!

  3. August 17, 2009 at 18:43

    hey, didnt realise ur back to being spikey 🙂 oh well, u remember the media hype here too right. a friend ho was travelling had to wear the masks before they got off at some airports .. so it’s not just the indian media that hypes things up. atleast i hope people learn lessons on hygiene …

    • August 17, 2009 at 20:24

      I say that regular hygiene should be practiced everywhere everytime – not just during swine flu!
      Fret not – EISI will make an appearance from time to time 😛

  4. August 16, 2009 at 22:25

    Aare wah..Spikey tera new ghar toh bada mast hai! You could transfer your posts here too kya? Sahi!

    • August 17, 2009 at 09:18

      Thank you thank you. Blogroll bhi hai yahan pe, lekin yahan pe posts ke updates nahi milte… toh pata nahi chaltaa when blogs in blogroll are updated!

      • August 17, 2009 at 19:12

        Toh kya hua…Blog par aakar chk kar liya kar..bas kya..dost ke liye itna bhi nahi kar sakta..waise mera blog update kiya hai maine…aakar darshan de jaana

        • August 17, 2009 at 20:22

          Haan, woh option to hai hi. was looking out for a more efficient alternative 😀

  5. August 16, 2009 at 15:04

    I think the media did go overboard, but to an extent it was necessary too, it was required to get the government to start taking action, which in turn made them give pvt clinics the diagnostic set, how did they think they would control such a contagious epidemic just in govt health centres. Its a big deal out side the country when even a man dies, theres suing the govt the med practitioners but in India where when people die so often things are ignored, so the hype the media created did its good too.

    • August 17, 2009 at 09:15

      You are right. It is necessary, but I guess the media also looks for this type of feedback to know when to stop.
      Btw, did you see the toll of swine-fu related deaths went DOWN in India?

  6. August 16, 2009 at 14:33

    I think any disease can be deadly if don’t take care. I wrote something about this too. And I went to watch matki by the way! what fun!

    • August 17, 2009 at 09:14

      Niccce!!! Matki time can be lots of fun… will be over shortly to read…

  7. Mumble!
    August 16, 2009 at 08:32

    They closed down the multiplexes just when the best movie of the year was releasing!!! *MUMBLE!*

    • August 16, 2009 at 14:05

      I know…. well, it’ll release on Monday, so no worries 😀

  8. August 15, 2009 at 11:22

    I went to the super market next to my apartment today and before I entered I was handed over a mask by the security. I was told to trash the mask after I finished shopping in a bin marked ‘used mask’ kept outside. To be honest I was impressed. All the staff were wearing masks and maintained a respectable distance.
    Made me wish people would show such concern for hygiene in regular times also. People are really in a state of panic and to some extent I understand. This disease unlike TB can strike anyone and is not that easy to prevent.(unlike TB which can be due to lack of sanitation and basic hygiene)
    “Bombay”? MNS will come and get you.

    • August 15, 2009 at 11:38

      Hi Aparna – forgive my ignorance, where are you located? While such a high level of protection was indeed a blessing, think of the bio-waste it will create. The Govt was right when it advised people not to wear masks as used masks littered everywhere will pose another hazard for the civic corporation.
      Like instant 6-packs, people now want to get an instant immunity boost! It’s kinda funny…. sad funny.

  9. Lynn
    August 15, 2009 at 03:57

    well it may please you to know that your country isnt the only one hyping this thing up..we here in america are getting our fair share of hype as well.

    “Bombaites”? interesting, i had never heard that term before. intereseting post as well..nice to see we are so much alike in spite of the miles that separate us.

    • August 15, 2009 at 11:34

      Hi Lynn,
      My stay in America has shown me that Americans have a penchant for hyping up stuff. The Indian stay has told me that the media hype was perhaps necessary as it got people panicky and they started heckling the Govt for adequate response. It takes so much in India to wake up the Govt 😀

      Alike we are…. in more ways than you may think 🙂

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