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Swine Flue And School Closings

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(Photo credit: Caveman 92223)

At least 30 schools in New York City have closed recently due to concern over swine flu. I suppose the rationale is that we can prevent spread by preventing infected individuals from congregating with others in crowded spaces. But in a dense city like New York, with over 8.2 million people living in just under 305 square miles, how much impact can a few school closings have? School closings remind of me of snow days during my childhood. And what did we do on snow days when school was closed? We did not isolate ourselves; we got together with each other to socialize.  I’m not an epidimiologist, so I’m not challenging the expertise and decisions of health and government officials. But, I wonder the real impact these school closings actually have. And if potential outbreaks force schools to close, shouldn’t we also be closing other big institutions and crowded spaces? Just say’in.

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  1. Probably just politicians doing something to look good in the press, Max. And has zero impact — especially compared with a highly effective tactic like hand washing. Great picture too.

    My question: Is the swine flu any worse than other other type of flu?

  2. Lydia, were you viewing this post on an iPhone? The font size looks fine to me. Indeed, a disturbing picture. I went to Flickr and searched “swine flu” and behold…

  3. i think schools has a point on closing down since their major purpose is to protect the students and other people in it. it may not totally help but it can help as long as it won't take that long. with regards to fear of parents to their children of getting swine flu and letting them absent in class, it would be better if the parents and children will be well educated of the preventive ideas of not getting this swine flu. get them educated about it. it is pretty hard to cope up with this virus so we all have to be very smart about decision making in these situations.

  4. This picture is one of the most disterbing pictures I have seen in resent years in my long career as a social worker one of the worst if true .In answer to the the question;Yes comunial facilities restrict movement with in the comunal struture if a percetage if the population is ILL.
    IF YOU ARE SICK OR OTHERS ARE SICK IN THE FAMLY DONT VISIT,FOR AT LEAST 2 WEEKS AFTER DIAGNOSIS communil facilities get sick from visitores

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