The mankind under attack!
First of all, I want to thank everyone put his comment on the first entery and I promise I will reply to most of these comments as soon as possible!
Unfortunately, my second entery is not that pleasent.
On the last few days the world was stunned by the news of the outbreak of swine flu epidemic.Here in Egypt, people are terrified especially after they learned that this disease is fatal and can be transferred from ahumanbeing to another, and there is a general pessimistic attitude throughout most of Egyptian community.As a full-time pharmacist in a community pharmacy, I can tell how people are deepely concerned. Many customers, who enter the pharmacy these days, with common cold symptoms can't now treat this whole matter simply as the past and some of them don't hesitate to ask me if they cought swine flu. Also, I used to be asked about the availability of "Tmiflu" and protective masks. Of course I answer these poor patients with a big a smile on my face that there's nothing to worry about with many of "Stop it!" and "Don't bother yourself!". Frankly speaking, I'm really......really......really worried and afraid to some extent.
Medically speaking, Most types of influinza, including the swine type, share the same symptoms of the the regular flu and we can't reach an exact diagnosis without laboratory test. Also, the WHO says that the current anti-influinza vaccines and the widely known antiviral drug "Tamiflu" showed little effectiveness against swine flu.Added to that, I'm not sure that using protective musks is adequate to protect ourselves from this virus whish is still classified as the strongest micro organism on earth. Absolutely disappointing!!!!!!! Isn't it?
But have you realised that some international reactions was to some sort childish and showing a great degree of lack of responsibility and even sense towards an epedimic that threats the all humanbeings? Especially, these animal rights defending organisations who condemned the Egyptian authorities disicion to slaughter all pigs as a preemptive action to avoid a swine flu outbreak in Egypt. Very rediulous!!!!
So what to do? Just wait and see! The WHO says that a time period of 3 to 6 monthes is needed after the isolation and the identification of the genetic map "genome" of the virus to produce an effective vaccine. Until that time, we should follow strictly the widely known precautions including washing hands properly, wearing protective masks, which I still don't believe in its effectiveness, avoid the change of climate and, of course, stop eating pork.
Next entery, I promise, will be less disappointing!
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