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Old 04-26-2009, 06:30 PM
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Default Will the "SWINE FLU" affect audience turnout for Star Trek ?

Looks like the pandemic is spreading and has reached the states in Texas and New York and is spreading rapidly. People in Mexico City (city looks abandoned) are staying indoors and away from crowds like at churchs, theaters, etc where it can spread by someone coughing or sneezing. I wonder if it will affect the opening weekend of the movie? Will you still go see it if it gets worse? The last time we had a flu pandemic was in 1918 and 60 million died world wide. I hope they find a cure before May 8th.
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Old 04-26-2009, 06:35 PM
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I suggest everyone attending the film wear a mask. These things can get out of hand pretty bloody fast.
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Old 04-26-2009, 06:40 PM
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Not sure what reports you're seeing, but here are excerpts from an article by the CDC:
New York health officials announced Friday they are testing about 75 students at a Queens school for swine flu after the students exhibited flu-like symptoms this week. . .



There have been no confirmed cases of swine flu there. The tests results are expected as early as Saturday.


Of the 14 Mexican samples tested by the Centers for Disease Control and Prevention, seven were identical to the swine flu virus found in Texas and Southern California, Besser said at a news conference.


An eighth U.S. case was reported Friday. All of the eight U.S. patients have recovered, Besser said.
Worth repeating: eight US cases so far, all have recovered.

No, I don't think it will impact TREK nor a dozen more important daily functions in our lives. Don't worry, be Trekkie!
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Old 04-26-2009, 06:40 PM
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I've bought my tickets and I'm going on the 7th. Anything can kill you man. You can walk out of your front door and get run over by a garbage truck. You can walk into work at an office building and a plane could fly into it ten minutes later. You could be eating steak at a fancy restaurant and choke to death on it. Is any of that going to keep you from leaving your house, going to work, or having dinner out? No. And I'm not going to let the swine flu paralyze me with fear so I'm afraid to go to the movies. If you're going to die of the swine flu, you're going to do it whether you see Star Trek or not, so you might as well see it.
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Old 04-26-2009, 06:49 PM
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It won't affect anything. 8 cases out of...what....250,000,000 people so far?

I like my odds. lol
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Old 04-26-2009, 06:50 PM
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This doesn't even count as a pandemic, IMO. I'll be slightly alarmed when like 500 people die from it across the globe in the span of two weeks or something. Until then, I'll just make sure I wash my hands really well and more frequently.
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I'll just wait for vuedoc's opinion on this...

In all seriousness, it shouldn't affect turnout. If this does begin to spread, wear a mask, stock up on necessities, etc.
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Old 04-26-2009, 07:09 PM
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Wow really?

It must be a very slow news day if the only thing HLN,CNN, and FOX News can come up with is a story about the Flu.

Of course, they could not just leave it at that, they had to add "death and despair" to the story, and run it ALL day long.
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Old 04-26-2009, 08:36 PM
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I'm going to eat LOTS of pork until this is over. That outta show them coughing, drooling, laughing swine what I think of them.

You can tell msn picked out the "sickest" looking pig photo they could find for all their news articles on the subject...
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