Time to panic? Hell no!

So now that the World Health Organization (WHO) has raised their level (almost similar to the US’s terrorism colour chart) to five; which is one level before a pandemic occurs. Basically, it means that there’s been one case of the swine flu that’s been transferred between humans in one region of the world.

Outside of Mexico, only one person, a 23 month old baby, has perished from the flu. Everyone else has contracted mild strains requiring little to no hospital interaction. I’d be more concerned of regular human influenza which kills between 4000-8000 people in Canada annually (that number will probably be more in the United States due to their increased population size). Only one baby, at a vulnerable age, has succumbed to this virus. Come on people, if you do catch it, you’ll be home for a few days with mild symptoms of coughing, fatigue, sore throat and a fever. If you’re violently ill (severe nausea, loss of appetite, extreme difficulty in breathing), then you’d be in a hospital. That hasn’t happened in Canada or the United States and it probably won’t.

And with Mexico closing non-essential services (government offices, businesses, public gatherings) in Mexico City, the fear has spread to other countries where people are now reluctant to go out. I’m going to be in Chicago next week attending Anime Central, one of the largest anime conventions in the United States. Oh dear, a gathering with a large number of people in a hotel and convention center. It’s the perfect breeding ground for the swine flu… Not really. Any contagious disease can be spread through crowded groups of people in confined spaces. Do yourself a favour: wash your hands with warm water and soap. If you need to cough or sneeze, carry disposable tissues with you and promptly place in a garbage bin. Carry hand sanitizer if you’re not going to be able to wash your hands for a while. Also, do everyone a huge favour: if you are sick (with anything) do not attend!! Common sense is the key to keeping a virus at bay.

The media needs to stop freaking everyone out with “pandemic” and “first death in the United States” and “school closures.” Did any of this happen when John Doe caught the human flu last year? Didn’t think so. Calm down, think rationally, and be aware. That’s all you need.

For further information, visit the Public Health Agency of Canada website.

Kawaii but deadly

A co-worker of mine showed me this interesting web comic that’s cutesy but is so horribly wrong. Kawaii Not takes your average everyday item, makes it simple and then slams you with a bad joke or hilarious innuendo at the end. It’s awesome and guaranteed to put a smile on your face. And with all the strife and trials in today’s hectic world, this will keep those troubles at bay for a little bit.

Up next: Chicago Blackhawks

It’s official now: the Vancouver Canucks will be playing against the Chicago Blackhawks in the second round of the Stanley Cup Playoffs. The first game is scheduled for 6:00 PM PT on Thursday, April 30th in Vancouver at GM Place.

Swine Flu

By now, everyone is aware of the latest strain of the influenza virus that’s percolating around the globe. The virus, which started in pigs, spread to humans sometime in March 2009 in central Mexico. Since then, cases have popped up in the United States, Canada, the United Kingdom and Spain. Fortunately, no deaths have been recorded outside of Mexico where close to 150 people have reportedly succumbed to the disease.
However, when the media uses big frightening words like “pandemic” and mention past cases of severe outbreaks, like the 1918 Spanish Flu, where almost 50 million people died.
While it’s unfortunate that people will lose their lives to this, it’s not going to surge out of control where huge swaths of human life will be wiped out. There’s too much fear mongering where people are complaining that this is attributed to the planet being overcrowded and this will signal the end of human life as we know it. I don’t know where people are getting this bull since it seems to be a popular theory in my office.
The only reason why outbreaks like this occur is most often attributed to poor sanitary conditions, lack of available or affordable medical care, and just general misinformation. Right now, there are six cases of the swine flu in Canada: two in British Columbia and four in Nova Scotia, with no new reported cases. Those who are suffering through it are experiencing a mild case of the virus and are expected to make a full recovery. While there almost 45 cases of the reported virus in the United States (possibly more, but until more testing is done, it could just be your average strain of the flu), no-one outside of Mexico has died from it.
You can keep yourself safe from this flu by following the basics:

  • Wash your hands thoroughly with warm water and soap for at least 20 seconds or more.
  • Keep your hands away from your eyes and nose.
  • If you sneeze or cough, cover your mouth with a tissue and dispose of it immediately after.
  • If you sneeze or cough with your hand over your mouth, wash your hands immediately.
  • If you do become sick, stay home and keep contact with others to a minimum.

Use your common sense people and you won’t even get sick. The swine flu is being blown out of proportion, and while it’s something to be concerned about, just don’t go overboard.

Sweep Sweep Sweep

Alex Burrows sealed the St. Louis Blues’ fate on Tuesday night, scoring with less than 20 seconds left in the first overtime. Burrows, along with Kyle Wellwood, had the Canucks in the lead until Brad Boyes and David Perron on the Blues tied things up, with goals three minutes apart. The Blues put pressure on the Canucks, but were unable to beat them, losing 3-2 in overtime.
This is the first time the Vancouver Canucks have ever sweeped a round in the playoffs taking four games straight without a loss.

Watch Fullmetal Alchemist online

FUNimation has the latest episodes of Fullmetal Alchemist: Brotherhood online. The episodes are subtitled with the original Japanese voices. Not a Fullmetal fan? FUNimation has episodes of Phantom, Blassreiter and Digimon Adventure 02 available, all subtitled, just to name a few. The best thing is, usually most sites that run full episodes of TV shows are restricted to viewing within the United States (usually for licensing and other legal issues). Fortunately, Canadian viewers can watch these series through the website without getting the “this video is not available outside of the US” message.

Two down

Vancouver CanucksThe Vancouver Canucks are now two up on the St. Louis Blues in the Western Conference Quarter Finals after shutting them out 3-0 on Friday night. Mats Sundin, Alex Burrows and Henrik Sedin all scored to give Vancouver the victory. Andy McDonald struck the goal post twice producing the only chances the Blues would have in getting past goaltender Roberto Luongo. Luongo would continue to deny the Blues from scoring earning his first post season shutout.

The Canucks play the Blues again on Sunday in St. Louis for a 4:00 PM PT start.

Where’s the Lamb Wellington?


Look’s like Gordon in his early years.

Sakura-Con 2009

This was a pretty damn good weekend, minus the lines. Border, registration, dealers room, autographs, etc. Hooray for lines! Here’s Sakura-Con 2009.

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Sakura-Con Photos

Naruto

The pictures from Sakura-Con 2009 are now online. There’s just over a hundred online, with most likely a few more to be uploaded soon. I’ll have an update of how the weekend went by Wednesday.

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