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Old 1st July 2009, 11:58 PM   #61
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But since viruses are always mutating, I have convinced myself that deliberately going about to acquire an infection now would be a futile exercise.
Depends where you want to spend an extra 7 days holiday (read: quarantined)
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Old 5th July 2009, 01:19 PM   #62
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SIN has hit more than 1,000 cases since last friday3 Jul and believed its exceeded HK's cases too - it seems somehow what the helath ministry is doing has not been doing well as the quantum jump in cases is very high and SIN in fact is the highest ratio/population in the whole of Asia - as Japan last week shows 1,300 cases, Thailand 1,400 cases and HK was below 900 - and that SIN sees less overseas travellers than either TYO or HKG.
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Old 5th July 2009, 07:10 PM   #63
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We have a highly connected healthcare network and super-efficient reporting system. Up to few days ago, every person who developed Influenza like illness were tested for H1N1. Few countries do this.

This alone can account for the higher numbers.

Plus the fact that so many of us travel frequently and extensively.
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do think the Japanese are more fastiduous if not more efficient than s'pore - esp in earlier phases and even surprisngly China goes to the extend of having their health care personnel boarding planes to check wvery individual at close range for temp checks.
Believed now s'pore have stand down in its so called mitigation phase as the spread is already more local.
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Old 6th July 2009, 12:31 AM   #65
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IMO, S'poreans are not particularly hygenic, e.g. the flush loo after use campaign. Seen a fair number who don't wash hands after using loo as well.
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Old 6th July 2009, 10:40 AM   #66
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SIN has hit more than 1,000 cases since last friday3 Jul and believed its exceeded HK's cases too - it seems somehow what the helath ministry is doing has not been doing well as the quantum jump in cases is very high and SIN in fact is the highest ratio/population in the whole of Asia - as Japan last week shows 1,300 cases, Thailand 1,400 cases and HK was below 900 - and that SIN sees less overseas travellers than either TYO or HKG.
You are assuming the stats are meaningful. They are not.

Some countries test more than others, some not at all.
Different ways to consider what is a "confirmed" case.
How up to date are the figures?
How do health providers deal with it? Eg in NZ H1N1 is a notifiable disease which means lots of extra paperwork - GPs may suspect mild case of H1N1 but not declare it to save themselves some work, the result is only serious cases get reported.

My take out of the info available is that H1N1 is now widespread but not yet as common as regular flu. It is not particularly lethal or strong and so of not great concern to me that it has become widespread.
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Old 6th July 2009, 06:48 PM   #67
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like said - believed the Japanese and HK health authorities detection and figures are fairly accurate and if not better than S'pore's standards. But whether these figures are "meaningful" is up to each personal individuals' opinions but to health and medical purposes it does serves useful as there must be some kind of benchmarking and studies and collateral figures.
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They are significantly under-reported in every country, some by massive margins.
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