Posts Tagged ‘swine flu’

The Needle: Swine Flu Redux Edition

The Flu Line State: Brace yourself for a pandemic. No, not of the flu, but of coverage of the flu. The region's flu season is officially underway, with news that someone in Baltimore has come down with swine flu. But unlike last year, vaccines appear to be widely available; at Safeway, where we got our [...]

Our Morning Roundup: Wild Wild West Edition

There was a quick-draw showdown on the dusty streets of the Senate Finance Committee yesterday, and Montana Senator Max Baucus came out swinging. Both Democratic proposals to create a government-run insurance plan were shot down by the committee, leaving saloon shutters flapping and the road wide open for Baucus to ride in with his plan [...]

Weekend in Review

Joel B. Anthony took the words right out of my mouth. Writing on the Washington Post's Free for All page on Saturday, Mr. Anthony articulated a lingering feel that I'd had about a piece of columnizing by Washington Postie Michael Wilbon.

Swine Flu Hits University of Maryland: Will Students Really Wipe Down Doorknobs?

"Nothing's slower than a sick turtle," reads an anti-swine flu advert at the University of Maryland, reminding student Terps to practice proper coughing-and-sneezing etiquette and to wash their hands often.
Still, as of yesterday, there were 172 suspected cases of H1N1 at the university, according to the Associated Press. And the health center has canceled all [...]

It’s National Preparedness Month. Do You Know Where Your Emergency Rations Are?

The Metropolitan Police Department just re-upped its emergency supply kit recommendations this morning in honor of September: Did you know it’s National Preparedness Month?
I occasionally think it might be a good idea to create a kit and come up with a plan since we live in a place terrorists most likely dream about bombing, burning, [...]

Our Morning Roundup: Just When We Forgot Edition

Good morning, City Desk readers!  Remember those lovely events and people we tried to forget about in the past few years, among them press secretaries, judicial nominations, and transit accidents?  They're all back to rear their ugly heads this morning, so let's commence with the news rundown.

Yesterday afternoon, City Desk posted the latest WaPo article [...]

Swine Flu Falling on the Region “Like Snow in the Summer”

The Washington Post has a story today saying the H1N1 virus, AKA Swine Flu, is off to a memorable summer. Hospital emergency rooms and doctor’s offices report hundreds of cases across Maryland, Virginia and the District.  It’s a particularly bad sign considering there are usually no or few flu cases here this time of year.
“It’s [...]

Swine Flu Scams: A Pandemic!

Don’t you just love it when you get your own anecdote to back up a news story?
Today, an unusual offer arrived in my inbox: a sales pitch for swine flu vaccine. All I’d have to do is send in my contact info. and a major credit card and the cure would arrive in the mail. [...]

Our Morning Roundup: At Least We’ll Have Burritos Edition

Oink Oink!  Just when we thought that the swine flu H1N1 virus was under control, The Post is reporting that a Chesapeake woman died from complications of the virus on Tuesday.  This is the area's first publicly announced death attributed to the flu and Virginia Governor Tim Kaine is urging those with noticeable symptoms to be proactive about treatment.  

In [...]

Swine Flu Diaries: Flying To Mexico

Yesterday, my sister Emily flew to Mexico for her birthday. There are benefits to making such a trip at this time. The District may have confirmed on Wednesday one swine flu case along with three probables, but are you going to let this virus win? Not my brave sister.
Emily called in to report on her [...]

Another Local Victim of Swine Flu: Sportsmanship Rituals!

On Saturday, the Tenleytown Tigers of the Stoddert Soccer League whupped 13-and-under division rivals from the French International School, 4-1.
But when the girls from both teams lined up for the usual post-game handshake, they were told to steer clear of each other.
Not even fist bumps.
"They waved at each other and a few girls bowed," says [...]

Two GWU Students With Probable Swine Flu

LL exclusive: Two George Washington University students have "probable" cases of H1N1 "swine" flu.
Mayor Adrian M. Fenty is minutes from convening a press conference to discuss the cases.
LL is told that both students have recovered and that they continue to be quarantined out of an abundance of caution.
UPDATE, 4:50 P.M.: Here is the official press [...]

Swine Flu Closes Rockville High

WTOP broke the news that Rockville High School will be closed today after reports that a student has most likely come down with the H1N1 virus. The Washington Post reports on this closure as well. The paper notes that reporters received the news via a late-night phone call with MOCO school officials. And writes:
"Montgomery County [...]

Is Swine Flu Hysteria Setting In?

At 5:30 p.m., I spot a woman wearing a mask exiting a metro bus at Mount Pleasant and Irving. Do I have Vice President Biden to thank?

Swine Flu Case In D.C. Office Worker

We have a report of a D.C. office worker with a case of swine flu. The flu victim is a World Bank employee who traveled to Mexico from April 14 to 18. The employee has fully recovered from the flu. The World Bank asked employees who worked with the staffer to work from home pending [...]