Friday, July 24, 2009
Swine Flu Hotline
I am amused to see Nanny boasting about her new swine flu hotline, where people can ring up call centres manned by non medical personnel (some of them work for supermarket call centres I believe) and self diagnose themselves for a dose of Tamiflu.
Here's why this is a daft idea:
1 Swine flu (a variation of which was around in 1976) does not kill the majority of people infected with it.
2 Flu kills people each year, I see no reason to panic the population into thinking that swine flu is any more dangerous than other varieties of flu.
3 Many people claim they have flu, but in effect are just suffering from a very bad cold.
4 The hotline will be abused by people to stock up on Tamiflu "just in case", or to sell on to others.
5 Tamiflu causes some pretty unpleasant side effects (eg nausea) in around 10% of people who take it. The chances are that swine flu will be less unpleasant.
6 Nanny, by focusing people's minds on swine flu and pretending to take "decisive action", ensures that our attention is taken away from the dismal state of the economy and the God awful Prime Minister that we are saddled with.
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