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Swine flu on the increase. Experts divided as to how to tackle spread. The second wave of swine flu has hit Norway. Whilst one doctor thinks people should think twice before meeting in crowded places, the Institute of Public Health fears society will collapse if too many people isolate themselves.Avoid going out Gunnar Hetland, the chief physician in Granvin council district in Hordaland, recommends people to live like hermits until they’ve been vaccinated. He urges them to reconsider their plans for going to the cinema, a concert, or even taking public transport to work.

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Swine flu on the increase

Published on Tuesday, 3rd November, 2009 at 15:28 under the news category, by Michael Sandelson   .

Experts divided as to how to tackle spread.

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The second wave of swine flu has hit Norway. Whilst one doctor thinks people should think twice before meeting in crowded places, the Institute of Public Health fears society will collapse if too many people isolate themselves.

Avoid going out

Gunnar Hetland, the chief physician in Granvin council district in Hordaland, recommends people to live like hermits until they’ve been vaccinated. He urges them to reconsider their plans for going to the cinema, a concert, or even taking public transport to work.

He denies he’s being overdramatic and encourages people not to underestimate the seriousness of the virus, encouraging them to take some responsibility

“These are exceptional circumstances that will only last for a few months. People should be able to manage without going to the cinema or concerts for a short period of time,” he tells Bergens Tidende (BT).

School closures

Whilst Hetland doesn’t dismiss the idea of closing schools either, Bjørn Iversen – chief physician at the Institute of Public Health (Folkehelseinstituttet) – fears the cost to society.

Although he agrees that people could think twice before doing certain things, he tells NTB that there’s only so much people can do to stop the virus spreading, and encourages them to continue going out.

The institute say they have not recommended closing schools, cinemas, or churches because they doubt how effective this will be.

Local variations

Meanwhile, the principal of Bodin 6th-Form College in the district of Nordland has asked both students and teachers to stay at home if they feel very ill or have a bad cold as half of their media students are ill, with some being diagnosed with the swine flu.

Stavanger council say the number of schoolchildren with flu-like symptoms last week was 383, an increase of 343 in four weeks.

“We are not planning to close schools for the time being, but are monitoring the situation,” Egil Bjørlow, head of the council’s health department says in a press release.

Despite saying that this is what they have expected, he still advises people to stay at home for seven days if they show signs of having the flu.



Published on Tuesday, 3rd November, 2009 at 15:28 under the news category, by Michael Sandelson   .

This post has the following tags: swine, flu, virus, epidemic, increase, norway, cinemas, concerts, crowds, social, gatherings, home, hermit, spread.





  
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