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San Jose, Pittsburg schools close as result of swine flu, first U.S. death reported

Original post made on Apr 29, 2009

Schools in San Jose and Pittsburg have been closed as a result of the swine flu, but so far, there are no reports of anyone from Alameda County with the illness.

Read the full story here Web Link posted Wednesday, April 29, 2009, 10:43 AM

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Posted by Stacey
a resident of Amberwood/Wood Meadows
on Apr 29, 2009 at 11:11 am

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"Though not airborne, the virus can spread through germs."

I think what is meant is that the virus can spread through physical contact with infected fluids.

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Posted by AVHS Dad
a resident of Stoneridge Park
on Apr 29, 2009 at 12:22 pm

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If that's so, why all the masks??? If it's not airborne, the masks are useless! Think, people!!!

Washing your hands whenever possible is the best idea I've heard. Something we should be doing anyway.

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Posted by frank
a resident of Pleasanton Heights
on Apr 29, 2009 at 12:35 pm

AVHS Dad, when you breath you exhale tiny water droplets. Other people nearby inhale these fluids. Bacteria (germs) and viruses (which are not considered "germs") infect these fluids. The droplets are the carriers.

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Posted by David Walden
a resident of Verona
on Apr 29, 2009 at 2:30 pm

Put into perspective, this is probably going to be minor news by December. We lose 47,000 folks each year to motor vehicle related deaths and 36,000 on average to the normal flu. When you count the folks who will have died of boredom from reading those two, two headline section daily newspapers by the end of the year, this is a non-story. I think I will go use Purell on my hands now though.

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Posted by Sandy
a resident of Del Prado
on Apr 29, 2009 at 4:28 pm

My kid's schools do a good job using the web and email for homework instruction. If our schools close, they may need to think about using Youtube for lectures and some lesson plans.

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Posted by Freakingout
a resident of Another Pleasanton neighborhood
on Apr 29, 2009 at 4:43 pm

First I had to avoid Asians because of SARS and Avian Flu, and now I have to avoid Mexicans and Mexican produce. The media has me FREAKING OUT. I went through the pandemics of 1957 and 1968 and didn't worry because I didn't even know about them (OK, I was in Viet Nam in '68 so that might not really count). But the point is that with all this hype, is there something that we're not being told ?

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Posted by Anonymous
a resident of Another Pleasanton neighborhood
on Apr 29, 2009 at 7:44 pm

To address several issues mentioned in previous posts
(1) The economy is bad and many companies are laying people off left and right. The media outlets are no exception. Reporters are going to do what they can to keep their jobs. If that means, for some of them, that they hype up a story to sell copy, then that can explain some of this.
(2) Although simple surgical masks are not going to protect people fully, it will prevent infected people from spewing droplets on others. Heathly people who wear the masks will also be less likely to have droplets of nasal fluids sprayed on them. Another thing that masks do is help prevent people from touching their nose and mouth. For most people it is hard to not touch your face, so the mask can help people avoid that. Not that we have to be paranoid and all run around with masks on, but if you have to be around people who may be sick, then it's a good idea to have one.

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Posted by Jason
a resident of Pleasanton Meadows
on Apr 29, 2009 at 7:57 pm

Here are some facts on how to stay healthy.
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