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WHO Declares Level 6 Swine Flu PANICdemic; Fist Bumps Suggested

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We seem to be experiencing a swine-flu comeback. After the assurances of the mayor and health commissioner that “underlying conditions” were behind the few deaths we’d seen in the city, things were pretty quiet for a while. Then we heard about an eighth death (“the first of a person older than 65”), then all of a sudden there were 12 in all, the last three being “one person between the ages of 30 and 39, one person between the ages of 50 and 59, and one person older than 65,” which is a pretty broad range. (The CDC only confirms eight deaths in the state, but puts New York’s swine flu case load at 858, still behind Wisconsin and Texas.) And now we hear over a half a million New Yorkers may have swine flu, and the World Health Organization has already declared Level 6, meaning PANICdemic. Now some people are suggesting we stop shaking hands and start bumping fists to prevent the spread of the disease.


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