Kiwi Polemicist

June 20, 2009

• Swine flu stupidity

Filed under: Health — Tags: , , , — Kiwi Polemicist @ 8:52 am

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Last week I went for a blood test and found that the magazines had been removed from the waiting room because influenza can be spread via “regularly handled items”. Why don’t they also remove regularly handled items such as the front door, counter top, and chairs?

Also, the notice on the magazine rack referred to the “yellow alert” of April. If magazines are such a public health hazard why did it take two months to remove them? Because It Is Important To Be Seen To Be Doing Something, even if it is late and futile.

I’ve now got a dose of flu, so I’ll be off the air for a while. Is it the swine flu virus? I don’t know, but it’s certainly a swine of a virus.




  1. Very well said… people can get so paranoid…

    Basically if you have cold or flu symptoms… follow this advice:
    I tried it and my son who started with the flu on Friday afternoon, was done with it by Sunday mornning!!

    Comment by Colleen — June 23, 2009 @ 1:16 pm

    • Collen: thank you. I suspect that your son didn’t have influenza if he got over it in 48 hours, but of course I cannot be certain.

      Comment by Kiwi Polemicist — June 25, 2009 @ 3:06 pm

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