Swine Flu Won't Stop E3, Says ESA

April 29, 2009 -

Sure, it's all fun and games - until swine flu decimates the ranks of the booth babes.

Joystiq reports that the ESA does not expect the swine flu bug to impact E3. The video game industry's big dance kicks off next month in Los Angeles.

ESA P.R. guy Dan Hewitt told the 'stiq:

The 2009 E3 Expo is progressing as planned. Public health officials are taking all appropriate steps and we continue to follow their direction on all measures. We look forward to a great event, and to seeing you in Los Angeles in June.

GP: This, of course, could change should swine flu turn pandemic...

UPDATE: ...which it apparently is close to doing as the World Health Organization has raised the pandemic alert level to 5 on its 6-point scale.

How are those contingency plans going, Dan?

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Re: Swine Flu Won't Stop E3, Says ESA

You should be award of stairs because more people die from falling down stairs then did from the swine flu. It's not really they powerful of a flu, and doctors say that. It's just the media blowing it way out of proportions. It hundreds of thousands die, it's a problem.

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They are more likely to catch and die from seasonal flu.  Seasonal Flu kills roughly 60,000 people in the US every year, an average of 160 people a day.  Since this "outbreak" of swine flu possibly over 500 people (assuming deaths spread evenly throughout the year, which they don't) have likely died from seasonal flu in the United States alone.  In that same amount of time one person in the US has died from swine flu, and they were an infant brought from Mexico for treatment, not a resident of the US.

I think the fact that most cases in the US have recovered by staying home and getting rest, like any flu, and most haven't even taken Tamiflu, should speak tons about just how serious swine flu isn't.  If you are otherwise healthy it appears to just act like any other flu.  Much like SARS and bird flu, I believe the death rate of this disease has more to do with the quality of healthcare in your geographical region than the disease itself.

It should also be pointed out that in the 1976 swine flu scare the vaccine did more harm than the disease did.  Dozens dead and hundreds paralyzed because people over reacted and rushed vaccines to the market. 

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Re: Swine Flu Won't Stop E3, Says ESA

The influenza death rate is heavier in the winter months.  There was an article yesterday that 13,000 have died in this country alone from influenza in 2009.

Swine flu -- 168 GLOBALLY

Influenza -- 13,000 just in the U.S.

 

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Re: Swine Flu Won't Stop E3, Says ESA

Oh well, you want to have your convention near a large precentage of Mexicans your rolling the dice

Re: Swine Flu Won't Stop E3, Says ESA

Well if they're going to show bad games at E3, the swine flu would actually be a good thing. Do we really care about EA's latest Madden when it's exactly the same as the year before?

When Jack Thompson runs his mouth, does anyone really care what he has to say anymore?

Re: Swine Flu Won't Stop E3, Says ESA

Oh for the lov-- SHUT THE HELL UP ALREADY!

148 in 9 countries. Ebola kills more people. Regular FLUS kill more people. This is going beyond your simple "don't touch a goddamn thing, it has GERMS on it" media scare- it's like getting sick isn't supposed to happen anymore. This is the new Bird Flu/SARS epidemic- pointless scare-mongering by a "World Health Organization" which has been wrong in the past on such things.

Re: Swine Flu Won't Stop E3, Says ESA

The whole idea of a pandemic is that it explodedly increases the amount of sick, you know. Not that it racks up a massive bodycount within a few days. Illnesses don't do shock & awe.

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Illnesses don't do shock & awe.

Nope, that's the medias job. And they do it well.

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Re: Swine Flu Won't Stop E3, Says ESA

y'know, i think one very important bit of info that is missing from those reports is how quickly it's spreading... i mean 148 confirmed and a few thousand suspected, it really doesn't sound much compared to any other disease, even if you limit it to the serious ones. If the speed of the spreading is what determines a pandemic then i think i really need to hear how quickly those numbers are rising. Days, weeks, months? without that info than it doesn't sound like it's spreading fast enough to declare it as an emergency.

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This whole pandemic nonsense is just the media overhyping things - that's what they do, after all. Yes, a lot of people died from it and it is indeed a shame, but to call it a pandemic? Honestly?

When I start seeing trucks outside telling folks to "bring out [their] dead", then I'll start worrying.

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Re: Swine Flu Won't Stop E3, Says ESA

"Nine" deaths is not "a lot of people," lol.

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Re: Swine Flu Won't Stop E3, Says ESA

You're right, nine deaths isn't a lot of people, it's nine too many.


Re: Swine Flu Won't Stop E3, Says ESA

More like 6.77 billion too few.

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Re: Swine Flu Won't Stop E3, Says ESA

Oh, that's just mean.


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UPDATE: ...which it apparently is close to doing as the World Health Organization has raised the pandemic alert level to 5 on its 6-point scale.

Damn, I didn't think the swine flu was this seriouse.

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Re: Swine Flu Won't Stop E3, Says ESA

It's not, but the media is watching and the W.H.O. has to appear to be doing SOMETHING!

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Re: Swine Flu Won't Stop E3, Says ESA

It isn't.

Re: Swine Flu Won't Stop E3, Says ESA

Not to sound too ignorant, but is swine flu really that big of a threat here in the States as it is?  Yes, hundreds of people have possibly died from this bug (respects to their families), but their hasn't been a single death yet here in the U.S.  I dunno, but most of it seems a bit overblown.  However, like I said, I could just be speaking out of my ass.

 

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Re: Swine Flu Won't Stop E3, Says ESA

Of course not. Probably, one of the biggest reasons why it's so bad in countries such as Mexico, is sanitation. There will probably be hardly any deaths in the US, simply because we have better access, and practices, of sanitation that many rural areas do in, again, like Mexico. Or take rural villages out in Asia and such; what may seem relatively mild to us, could be a huge problem for them.

Re: Swine Flu Won't Stop E3, Says ESA

Actually there has been one death in America. A 23 month old baby that was sent to Texas for treatment from Mexico.

Of course, the actual number of confirmed not suspected cases of swine flu and deaths according to the World Health Authority is roughly ~30 and ~10 respectively, but that makes for boring news.

Especially when normal human influenza infects thousands and kills hundreds every day. Lets panic about the pig-strain!

Re: Swine Flu Won't Stop E3, Says ESA

What about SARS? Aren't they going to release a statement about that? Or bird flu, or any of the other over-hyped diseases that aren't actually going to due shit but that I have to have to hear about in tired jokes from morons for 3 months?

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Re: Swine Flu Won't Stop E3, Says ESA

President America, a man in Mexico is coughing!

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Re: Swine Flu Won't Stop E3, Says ESA

SHUT. DOWN. EVERYTHING!

We all know that any travel to Madacascar is already impossible, they closed their damn borders as soon as a man in Mexico started coughing!

-If an apple a day keeps the doctor away....what happens when a doctor eats an apple?-

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Re: Swine Flu Won't Stop E3, Says ESA

Just tell me the booth babes will be fine.

Re: Swine Flu Won't Stop E3, Says ESA

Who's the girl in the photo? I wouldn't mind getting infected by her. Rowr.

Re: Swine Flu Won't Stop E3, Says ESA

Guys are usually the ones that spread infection in/on girls, if you know what I mean, so that's kind of kinky.

 

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Re: Swine Flu Won't Stop E3, Says ESA

Okay. But just keep in mind that under the mask she has a crooked warted pig nose and gnarled black teeth.

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Re: Swine Flu Won't Stop E3, Says ESA

Now thats one slice of bacon I wouldn't dare eat, although i bet her roast rub looks baked.

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Re: Swine Flu Won't Stop E3, Says ESA

Just don't go near her mouth! Or any crevice...stay awaY!

Re: Swine Flu Won't Stop E3, Says ESA

Yes. Please. Add more panic into the mix. Its not like spreading panic, therefore causing a rush of people to flee Mexico and head home to spread the virus has done any harm so far... oh wait.

Good to see that even GamePolitics desires to add to the panic quota that the mainstream media enjoys increasing.

Re: Swine Flu Won't Stop E3, Says ESA

...I want to smack you so hard upside the head right now.

Congratulations. You either A. Totally misinterpreted the article, or B. didn't even bother reading it, just saw "Swine Flu" and wanted to get on GP's case. Apologies if it's the former, but for christ sakes.

Re: Swine Flu Won't Stop E3, Says ESA

Because obviously what GP meant by this article was "LOL PANDEMIC WE ARE ALL GONNA DIE PANDEMIC LOL."

 

Because GP definitely shouldn't touch this just because other media sources are hamming it up for the ratings.

 

Because of course the people behind E3 wouldn't have an opinion about current events and this is a nonissue.

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Re: Swine Flu Won't Stop E3, Says ESA

Just put the booth babes in glass boxes, they'll be fine.

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Chances are high that it will turn pandemic by this stage to be honest, I'd say it's more a question of 'when' than 'if'.

That said, pandemic conjures up very negative images of things like the Black Death, which does a lot of negative work, since the best defence against things like influenza is being aware of where the risks are and not allowing panic to make matters worse.

All Pandemic really means is an infectious diseease that has spread to multi-country proportions, it's not good, but it doesn't neccesarily mean it is as terrible as many sources imply.

Re: Swine Flu Won't Stop E3, Says ESA

So you are saying catch it, and get EA employees infected.  Okay, got it.

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Re: Swine Flu Won't Stop E3, Says ESA

Whilst the chance to infect EA has a certain ring of irony, probably not a good idea :P

Re: Swine Flu Won't Stop E3, Says ESA

EA is trying to be less evil, and they are having some success.  They confirmed Mirror's Edge 2, for crying out loud.

 

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Re: Swine Flu Won't Stop E3, Says ESA

If it must be anyone make it Activison. theyre turning into the new EA. Quick before they make Guitar hero: cher!

Re: Swine Flu Won't Stop E3, Says ESA

Heh, well, to be honest, I wouldn't wish it on anyone, sensible precautions will do massive amounts to help, but this disease is a killer. The 1918 outbreak had a 24 hour symptom to fatailty range, there wasn't even enough time to do anything about it, so in truth, people should be aware and careful, but not allow themselves to give in to panic over it, since that could make matters worse.

 
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