Wednesday, November 11, 2009

A lesson in viruses, part one (of five).

With all they hype in the media, I wanted a better understanding of what the viruses which have "jumped" from animals to humans really are. I found a very informative series of videos, which focus on the Avian flu (H5N1), but also shed a bit of light on Swine flu (H1N1) - at least about where those crazy letter and number designations come from.

Just a note. To put the whole swine flu "pandemic" thing that's supposedly going on right now in perspective? The avian flu that hit in 1918 killed approximately 24 MILLION people inside of about four weeks, and in a year killed between 50 and 100 MILLION people. That, my friends, was a pandemic. Just sayin'. That kind of outbreak is of course why public health officials are so freaked, but the fact is we're certainly not there yet.

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