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Saturday, November 21, 2009

UMass Health Services: Not Diagnosing Swine Flu?

People, UMass-Amherst's Heath Services Center is not diagnosing students with Swine Flu nor are they keeping track of the numbers of students with swine flu... They don't seem to think that knowing/having the number of students with swine flu matters. We find this troubling. More troubling is the fact that they are now asking that people with the flu/swine-like symptoms "just go home." So, nobody knows how severe the outbreak is at UMass. This is not good. We welcome your comments.


  • At 11:47 AM , Blogger Kay said...

    What purpose will it serve to know how big the outbreak is? If everyone with flu symptoms goes to health services, they'll be overrun and then people who need any other type of medical care will be unable to get it (or won't want to go due to fear of getting the flu if they do). Especially in light of the hours that were cut from the health center this year (formerly open 24 hours, now open 8 a.m. till midnight), there are fewer opportunities to see a provider (and perhaps more spillover into local clinics and hospitals?). Perhaps if there had been money and resources to set up an entirely separate clinic solely for people with flu symptoms, then yes, it would make sense. But in this situation, what do you expect them to do?

  • At 10:29 AM , Anonymous Anonymous said...

    Great: the state's biggest campus has no idea how many students and faculty have swine flu. How do they decide when it is too "dangerous" and shut the university down? How do they decide when to tell graduate student teachers when, for miserable pay, they are in the highest risk category for swine flu that "may" be a an alarmingly high level. If nobody is giving out the information, how does anybody know? And we just going to sit back and wait until the powers that be make a decision. They don;t want to shut down the university -- they lose a lot of money. They'll keep it open as long as possible, relying on the fact that nobody has the facts.

  • At 10:31 AM , Anonymous Anonymous said...

    I expect them to give information on how many students they diagnose, even by phone, with swine flu.
    They may not see everyone, but at least the people on campus have an idea. People around the world have been dying because of this -- not something to be taken lightly, especially considering the damage it can do to an immune system. It is not just a common cold, or am I wrong...


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