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ESA not bothered by swine flu

ESA not bothered by swine flu

The ESA says that it is not altering plans for June's E3 show in LA because of the spread of swine flu.

The Entertainment Software Association has said that June's E3 event in Los Angeles will go ahead as planned, despite growing health concerns in America caused by the outbreak of swine flu.

The swine flu infection has begun to spread across the world and, while officials insist that there is no cause to panic, attending large public events and international travel are being discouraged by some health organisation. You can gain more information on the potential pandemic by checking the official websites for the World Health Organisation and the BBC news health section. There's also an on-going discussion in the bit-tech forums about the spread of the infection.

The ESA isn't put off by the spread of the virus though and says that it is in contact with public health officials who are taking all the appropriate steps.

"The 2009 E3 Expo is progressing as planned," ESA spokesperson Dan Hewitt told Joystiq. "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."

However, it's worth mentioning that attendance at the show will be affected by the location of the show - LA is only a few hundred miles from the Mexico/US border, which may prove a worry to the predicted 40,000 attendees.

Are you worried about swine flu, or do you think it's all just a big panic over nothing? Let us know your thoughts in the forums.

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Brooxy 30th April 2009, 12:16 Quote
Excellent news - I for one see no reason why a flu 'pandemic' scare should affect E3. More people die from normal flu every year...
Veles 30th April 2009, 13:16 Quote
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Originally Posted by Brooxy
Excellent news - I for one see no reason why a flu 'pandemic' scare should affect E3. More people die from normal flu every year...

Tell that to the 50 million who died of the spanish flu pandemic.

What we're seeing now has the potential to get a lot worse. I very much doubt it could get as bad as the spanish flu pandemic, but this isn't the full extent of what it could turn into.
Brooxy 30th April 2009, 13:22 Quote
Indeed, but a lot of people seem to be thinking that it already is a pandemic. For now the best course of action is to investigate existing cases, find the best cure and stock up - then if sh*t hits the fan, we can act accordingly, with little panic.

Anywho, back on the topic of E3, what are we expecting to see there this year - I'm a bit out of touch with the latest gaming news.
DraigUK 30th April 2009, 13:24 Quote
Anyone not taking this flu outbreak seriously is not only putting themselves at risk but everyone else they come in contact with.

How many people who goto E3 might have it and not realise, then pass it on to who knows how many at the event?

It was on the BBC news website today that it is nto a case of whether people will die or not - just how many. I see no reasonable reason to take flamboyant risks by attending these sorts of events. I could get it and pass it on to my family friends or work collegues. No thanks.

One guy where I work is back from Mexico today and has been put into "quarantine" for 2 weeks.
Da_Rude_Baboon 30th April 2009, 13:28 Quote
Think of the poor booth girls in their skimpy outfits, surely the show should be cancelled to protect them!
CardJoe 30th April 2009, 13:29 Quote
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Originally Posted by Brooxy
Excellent news - I for one see no reason why a flu 'pandemic' scare should affect E3. More people die from normal flu every year...

I'll admit I had that opinion yesterday. My grandfather called me last night and changed my mind though - he used to be an epidemiologist for the NHS and WHO and he clarified a few things for me quite excellently. It's not a case of panic, just altering daily routine to prevent pointless risks. Avoiding a large public event which will definitely have international visitors from major cities isn't an over-reaction; it's a sensible precaution. I'm thankful we never had plans to go.
Brooxy 30th April 2009, 13:52 Quote
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Originally Posted by CardJoe
I'll admit I had that opinion yesterday. My grandfather called me last night and changed my mind though - he used to be an epidemiologist for the NHS and WHO and he clarified a few things for me quite excellently. It's not a case of panic, just altering daily routine to prevent pointless risks. Avoiding a large public event which will definitely have international visitors from major cities isn't an over-reaction; it's a sensible precaution. I'm thankful we never had plans to go.

Ahhh fair enough. Maybe I've been sitting in the serious discussion thread for too long...
Veles 30th April 2009, 16:31 Quote
The problem is people seem to think if it's not worth panicking over then they don't have to give a crap about it, which is how we've got into a lot of messes.
M2k3 30th April 2009, 17:00 Quote
Are you between the ages of 9 and 65? If so then swine flu shouldn't concern you. When healthy adults and youth start dropping dead in the street then you should probably start panicking. Right now its just a bad case of the Fox News if you know what I mean.
proxess 30th April 2009, 17:29 Quote
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Originally Posted by
Just a few questions:
-Why is it that these "flus" are all avoidable by the same vaccine?
-Why didn't the pigs get the "flu" when the chickens got the "flu" if its, theoretically, the same viral string?
-Didn't they sell enough vaccines last time?
-Why are all specialists "government officials"?
thehippoz 30th April 2009, 17:47 Quote
think pigs are like tanks.. you wouldn't know if they had the flu.. heard other day egypt killed off it's pig herds
CardJoe 30th April 2009, 17:51 Quote
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Originally Posted by M2k3
Are you between the ages of 9 and 65? If so then swine flu shouldn't concern you. When healthy adults and youth start dropping dead in the street then you should probably start panicking. Right now its just a bad case of the Fox News if you know what I mean.

Even if that were entirely true then it wouldn't remove the fact that most people have family or friends who are either very young or very old.
Blademrk 30th April 2009, 18:07 Quote
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Originally Posted by proxess
Just a few questions:
-Why is it that these "flus" are all avoidable by the same vaccine?

Short answer - they're not.
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Originally Posted by http://www.immunisation.nhs.uk/Vaccines/Flu/Vaccine/The-vaccine

Flu vaccine contains components of two types of Influenza A and one type of Influenza B viruses. Because the flu virus is continually changing, and different types circulate each winter, a new flu vaccine has to be produced each year.

The currently available influenza vaccines give 70-80% protection against infection with influenza virus strains closely matching those in the vaccine.
n3mo 30th April 2009, 18:09 Quote
It's just like SARS. About 200 people got it, 4 died (because they weren't treated at all) and news corporations milked it for months. All the "flu" idiocy is caused by Fox News and BBC not having any new wars to talk about, so they milk any topic that comes by.
hodgy100 30th April 2009, 19:31 Quote
well the BBC and ITV are both saying its nothing to worry about :/
frojoe 30th April 2009, 19:40 Quote
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Originally Posted by M2k3
Are you between the ages of 9 and 65? If so then swine flu shouldn't concern you. When healthy adults and youth start dropping dead in the street then you should probably start panicking. Right now its just a bad case of the Fox News if you know what I mean.

the reason this is serious is that it is killing people from 25-45. im not paniced or even worried yet, but thats because i have faith in people not to do stupid things to spread it(ie an international trade show) btw its h1n1 now, as the pork industry didnt like the name because you cant catch it from pork
Dreaming 30th April 2009, 19:59 Quote
Ah I think it's good in a way as I do like the trade shows and love to see what's going on - in some industries apparently they are dying off now like the car industry and so it's good to see them keeping going.

As for the flu I think as others have said the best thing atm is calm caution and just seeing what's happening. I agree it has the potential to get bad. It might also go away and we'll laugh at all the fuss. However I don't think anyone has a crystal ball and so nobody knows for sure whether it will be really bad or not bad at all and so we shouldn't be taking flippant risks like flying to mexico city when we don't need to and we should be taking measured caution like washing hands etc. (we should do that all the time, but go figure ;))
Top Nurse 1st May 2009, 00:50 Quote
Being a RN that normally works in a busy emergency room I would have to say that it really isn't worth talking about. Take some sensible precautions and the whole problem goes away. I get a flu vaccine every year and sometimes it works and sometime it doesn't. Wash your hands frequently and you eliminate a major infection vector. You would be amazed at how much soap and paper towels are used at a nursing convention.
Top Nurse 1st May 2009, 00:54 Quote
Forgot to mention that there are worse things floating around than swine flu...
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