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Has Swine Flu Flown?

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Posted on May 22, 2009
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guardian.co.uk

Facemasks in Mexico—called tapabocas or cubrebocas—will likely be shed after the swine flu threat level was demoted.

It may finally be the beginning of the end for the H1N1 outbreak in Mexico, as Mexico City’s mayor has reduced the flu virus threat level a notch with no new cases discovered in the past week.

The Guardian:

Mexico City lowered its swine flu alert level from yellow to green late last night as the mayor, Marcelo Ebrard, claimed residents could “relax” as there had been no new infections for a week.

Ebrard said the change meant the risk of contagion was low, the situation was under control and the images of countless people wearing blue surgical masks around the city could be consigned to history.

There’s no longer any need to wear masks, Ebrard said, adding: “Now you can come to the city without any risk.”

With fears of an immediate global pandemic fading, Japan, where there have been almost 300 swine flu cases, also relaxed rules amid fears that the strict regulations could harm the economy and put needless restrictions on the public.

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By Inherit The Wind, May 23, 2009 at 5:37 pm Link to this comment

I must have had too much merlot.  The H1N1 looks like Hini (Heinie) to me.  That would make it the butt of the joke.  Tush-ay!

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By NYCartist, May 22, 2009 at 11:06 am Link to this comment

I hope so.  I was going to say what Thomas Mc said.  There was a scientist on DemocracyNow a few weeks ago, who said that.

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By Thomas Mc, May 22, 2009 at 8:40 am Link to this comment

The pandemic in 1918 started out that way. Fizzled out in the spring, with only a few deaths, then came back in the fall and killed millions…

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By skulz fontaine, May 22, 2009 at 8:24 am Link to this comment

What? The “pandemic” is over? Nurtz! Hey, what about the torture pandemic?

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