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by Ice

Swine flu pandemic? It feels like a phoney war

Dr John Crippen is the pseudonym of an NHS doctor who writes a popular medical blog. This is his account of the view from the GP’s surgery

Dr John Crippen is the pseudonym of an NHS doctor who writes a popular medical blog. This is his account of the view from the GP’s surgery

Oh! God, now I know it is serious. The Health Protection Agency has sent me an algorithm to tell me how to deal with swine flu. It arrived today in an email with one of those red exclamation marks at the side. An algorithm, for those who don’t know, is a “finite sequence of instructions, an explicit, step-by-step procedure for solving a problem”. It is very complicated. I do not understand it. Fortunately the primary care trust has also sent me a red exclamation mark email with instructions I can understand: “The main message remains: always use a tissue to catch coughs and sneezes, throw away used tissues and regularly wash your hands.”

I can relate to that. Trouble is, it makes me giggle. I can’t get that old jingle, from somewhere in early childhood, out of my mind. “Coughs and sneezes spread diseases, trap your germs in your handkerchief.” It has rhythm. It is best recited in a “Mail train” monotone. Lovers of Tony Hancock will want to sing it to the tune of Deutschland, Deutschland über alles.

Doctor, you’re not taking this seriously. Actually, I am. We have all read our way through the mountains of circulars that have arrived. We are having a daily practice meeting. We have one partner designated to take all the “flu”-related calls so our advice is consistent. Yesterday we had two such calls: a patient just returned from Turkey who had diarrhoea and wondered if it could be flu, and an elderly lady wanting advice about her husband who has respiratory problems. Should he be started on Tamiflu? Simple answer: No.

Continued Here.

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May 1, 2009 - Posted by | Disease, False Flag Operation, Flu, Fraud, Government, Health, Pandemic, Politics, Quarantine, Scam, Swine Flu, Viruses, World Health Organization | , , , , , , , , , , , ,

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