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Can you die from this pig flu?
yes you can die from it. but you can die from normal flu too. this flu doesn't appear to be any more dangerous than getting normal flu, it just might be much more contagious because we don't have any sort of immunity to it.
that said, it's possibly this strain of swine flu could combine with a more virulent avian flu and become very dangerous. more likely, in my opinion, is that it will actually get weaker as it infects more and more people.
they are constantly changing and can alter depending on who or what they infect. the current strain of swine flu probably already has bits of avian flu in it.
but that all sounds quite correct.
What I don't get: how does it get weaker as it spreads through the population?
Possibly, and it is only a theory, it gets weaker because if it kills people too quickly/confines them to their beds (especially in a hyper-cautious age where people will be quarantined) then it needs to be less lethal to survive and reproduce. It's a natural selection thing.
Like rat flu
That's about as likely as flying pigs!
*shakes fist* I thought rocknrollMassacre was building to this gag!
because we're going to cure all the pigs!
Probably something sciencey. Like the difference between dog and canine.
Unless you have a punchline coming?
Not sure about swine though - sounds a bit scarier.
always has been type thing
Haven't even heard about it.
"Can't we just give everyone a shot of the flu cure? Or the cold cure? That would work, wouldn't it?"