Found this optimistic, from the RSOE monitoring system:
Swine flu pales compared to other viruses: experts
2009.05.06 14:02:13 Worldwide
The A(H1N1) virus behind the swine flu outbreak pales in comparison with fearsome pathogens that kill millions of people worldwide each year, experts said. Seasonal flu strikes 57,000 to 96,000 people a week in the world, leaving in its wake 4,800 to 9,600 dead, according to the World Health Organization. In comparison, the A(H1N1) virus has infected 1,085 people and killed 26 worldwide in the past 10 days, the WHO said.
“This infection is behaving like what we call a seasonal flu, like a more typical, conventional influenza outbreak,” said James Nataro, an epidemiologist at the University of Maryland. “It’s not behaving like the influenza pandemic of 1918.” The 1918-19 pandemic of “Spanish flu,” described as the biggest plague of the 20th century, killed between 20 and 50 million people. The number of cases and deaths attributed to A(H1N1) remains low compared to those registered every year as a result of seasonal flu, the physician said, noting the moderate virulence of the virus. “So right now, we are trying to maintain some cautious optimism in the face of a frenzy of activity,” Nataro told AFP.
I love those kinds of days – don’t you? As I sit here, listening to my beloved 80’s music… windows wide open so that AWESOME spring breeze can blow right in… yummy cup of home-made cappucino in my favorite coffee cup and thinking of planting my sunflowers later… I just can’t help but think what a gift it is… a real, precious gift… this gift of life we’ve been given.
Gorgeous Day! Pic taken by me
Sure… sometimes, life throws a real kicker our way. There’s no denying that! But Jesus spoke some words in the bible that come to my mind during those dark moments, and I have had my share. “This too shall pass.” He didn’t mean it necessarily in the same context… but it is an answer that helps me and maybe will help you too, if you’re going through one of those dark times… if the storm clouds in life are getting in the way of the sunlight you are desperately looking for. Never make a permanent or lasting decision… of any sort… based on a temporary situation. Because this too shall pass. Sometimes you just have to grit your teeth… turn on your favorite song loud enough to drown out the noise around you… and wait it out. Much like waiting for the flu to leave. It seems like it takes forever… but one day… it leaves. After all the achey, yucky, bad feelings, medicines, and high fevers… when you least expect it… suddenly, you start to feel normal again… one morning you wake up… and you just feel like the fog has finally lifted. You don’t know exactly when, and couldn’t say the time of day or night it happened… you just know that it did.
And then… life is even sweeter than it ever seemed before. Because… in spite of the hardship… sadness… tears…. the sun still shines. The flowers still bloom. That cute little squirrel still scampers across your electric lines. Life still happens.
And therein, is the beauty. The gift. :)
You’ll have to forgive me for waxing a bit philosophical today – but hey, I’m a poet! It’s just what we do. ;) hehe
Here’s hoping you have a beautiful and sunshiney day! Let the wind blow and breathe in deeply… savor every moment.
Cherish the ordinary days – because those are the truly extraordinary days. *smile*