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April 27th, 2009
04:15 PM ET

Swine Flu + Travel = What Should You Do?

Lots of fear and questions out there about swine flu, so we tried to track down people with some answers. T.J. Holmes (filling in for Kyra today) had a great segment with travel expert Peter Greenberg.

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  1. jean

    i think we should get together with mexico so we could find a solution together, not only with mexico but with the other nations who got infected instead of fearing this flu, we should come together as one and help each other

    April 27, 2009 at 5:46 pm |
  2. Luis Esobar

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    People need to know it ,GMC Miss lead our Good President , My Be

    Luis Escobar

    April 27, 2009 at 6:20 pm |
  3. Deci

    I think you have a point. The amount of travel we all do now why not check for illness in and out of airports we already check for everything else

    April 27, 2009 at 6:30 pm |
  4. Howard Holbrook

    The true pandemic we seem to be facing is one of paranoia and an obsession with the "worst case scenario", fed by the manic need of the news media like you at CNN to be the "first with the worst".

    Now, let me see if I have this straight. There have been about 2000 hospitalizations in a nation of 10 million people (less than 2/1000 of one percent of the population). Even if all the cases are in Mexico City, they amount to only 1/100 of one percent of the population. Clearly, this "epidemic" is not exactly spreading like wildfire. Now, we have no idea how many people in Mexico have been infected, we only know how many have suffered symptoms severe enough to cause them to seek medical attention. Perhaps 250,000 people have it and It may be just as mild in Mexico as it is here.

    I just hope that President Obama does not have occasion to sneeze or cough in public in the next few weeks (or even clear his throat on camera). Otherwise, the world may spin off its axis and go hurtling away into the outer darkness.

    April 27, 2009 at 6:58 pm |
  5. VGH

    Close the broader. We need think our people for once. Mexico is ground zero for the swine flu let it remain for for the most part where started. Don't let us become a refuge. Until we can help our own here in the USA close the broader to give us time to heal.

    April 27, 2009 at 9:52 pm |
  6. James

    Is it possible that this swine flu (virus) might be a planted virus, or a act of terrorism ?

    April 27, 2009 at 11:27 pm |
  7. RPerez

    People are nasty. You need to have a segment on how to correctly wash your hands. I see alot of people just running hands under water for just a few seconds.

    April 28, 2009 at 6:23 am |
  8. donna

    At this point the more informed we are the better. Can any one tell me, how long the flue bug can live on surfaces, a day?,a hour?,a min, a second, or a week. I guess, what in asking is, if some one infected with the flue touches a door long will the door be infected, when would it be safe to touch it again?

    Donna Bordage

    April 28, 2009 at 9:24 am |
  9. Paige

    I was wondering as far as the swine flu is concerned, would it be tied to the rocket launch that N. Korea sent into the ocean last month? It just seems crazy that the majority of the infected are in the costal states, especially mexico, which is directly across from Korea. I believe that the virus seems to be man-made and could have possibly been sent into the ocean to where it would contaminate the water.

    April 28, 2009 at 10:41 am |
  10. Kim B

    The expert on the 1976 swine flu segment should have been the author of "The Coming Plague". In her book, she explained why President Ford took the bold step to immunized America. It was because the virus was very similar in biosignature to the "Spanish Flu" of 1918 in which forty million people were killed worldwide. Ford received a lot of flak for what he did. But, in reality, had the flu been the equivilent of the 1918 flu, the he would have been seen as a hero.

    April 28, 2009 at 10:55 am |
  11. Mark

    we have plans to spend a week at an all-inclusive resort in the Playa Del Carmen area begining on Sunday.

    i know today they are discouraging travel but what about Sunday?

    April 28, 2009 at 11:56 am |
  12. Cindy Audet

    How long ago would someone have had gone to Cancun, Mexico to be worried about contracting or possibly being a carrier for Swine Flu? If someone went Easter weekend, came back and felt sick then got better, should they be checked?

    April 28, 2009 at 11:58 am |
  13. Dan Fleury

    What good is restricting travelers from Mexico that appear sick, when they are contagous 3 days before they exhibit any symptoms?

    April 28, 2009 at 11:59 am |
  14. Ann

    CNN showed a clip of cruise ship passengers going to Mexico... then made some comments about "these people are obviously not worried about the warnings – trading the risk of getting sick for sand and sun."

    What they don't say – the cruise lines really give you no choice, unless you want to cancel at the last minute and lose $2500 plus!

    I have a cruise booked to Mexico (Cabo, Mazatlan & PV) at the end of May. My cruiseline says there are no plans to allow passengers to cancel and rebook for another date or location. If I do cancel now, I'll be out about $3000.

    That's probably the reason most are "trading the risk of getting sick for sand and sun."

    April 28, 2009 at 12:00 pm |
  15. Ruben C. Franco

    Yesterday it was 138 dead in Mexico, This morning it was 103. Just one minute ago Tony said one hundred and fifty some odd.HOW MANY IS IT???

    April 28, 2009 at 12:05 pm |
  16. Greg F

    If there is no cure for swine-flu, then why go see a doctor? Why is the media giving the misconception that you can take Tamiflu?

    April 28, 2009 at 12:11 pm |
  17. Laura

    Hi, I am a US student studying aboard here in Mexico. My classes like everyone elses here have been cancelled till May 6. What do you recommend be the best course of action, my state of Jaliso, MX has not had any reported cases of Swine Flue. Is it best at this point to stay here, avoid contact with large crowds or catch a flight back to the states? I appreciate any advices since we didnt receive any instructions from our school, so most my friends and I are worried and indecisive.

    April 28, 2009 at 12:58 pm |
  18. Anna Fernandez

    April 28, 2009

    My name is Anna Fernandez and I am an Office Manager for a Physician in Port Charlotte Florida. Every year our Doctor takes all the staff and their spouses on a cruise as a bonus/thank you for all we do. This year we are scheduled on {a cruise} on May 21, 2009 which departs Fort Lauderdale and goes to Cozumel Mexico. Today I contacted {cruise line} to find out what to do regarding our cruise. I was informed by the Guest Relations Department they were making no changes on cruises and they were not giving any refunds at all. I at this point I called the Corporate Office in Miami and Spoke with Courtney at the Executive Department. I explained problem that we were 20 people trying to find a resolution, that the CDC has advised no unnecessary travel to Mexico that the State Department has advised no unnecessary Travel to Mexico and that {another cruise line} had already canceled their stops at Mexico ports; I was informed by her that they are not making any changes. I asked if I could cancel and receive a refund without penalty and was told “no”. I even asked if we could rebook on another ship to another port and she said “no, not at this time.” We are being forced to stay on a ship which is traveling to Mexico and have no way to get out of it. We have a great deal of money tied up in the reservations with {cruise line} so we can not even go and book somewhere else or on another ship. Please help in exposing in what I believe is how {this cruise line} as a Corporation is not interested in the health of its passengers or in helping its passengers, since obviously it is just interested in it’s bottom line and not losing money by not wanting to change reservations. They are adding to the stress which the nation is under with the scare of the “swine” flu by not making a swift decision on travel to Mexico.

    Thank you,

    Anna Fernandez

    April 28, 2009 at 5:36 pm |

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