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Only after coming to America, I learned that..

Reading about the 12th suicidal jump in Fuxconn factory in China, and have some thoughts of my own..
Only after coming to America, I learned these a few important lessons:
1. You don’t need to please everyone. It’s fine some people don’t like you, and you don’t need to like them either. The only thing really needed is mutual respect. It’s completely fine to be a loner, and enjoy life anyway. However, if you have an expectation that you should be popular and the focus everywhere you go, you are already setting yourself up for failure.
2. You don’t need to compare to anyone, either money, or score, or IQ, or anything/anyone around you or about yourself. Be true to yourself. The daily happiness you experience is uncomparable to anything others can ever have. Like what you like, and hate what you hate. Try to do more things that are good for you, for your family, for people who really care for you or surround you, and try to enjoy the process.
3. It may be common for the feeling "love" to happen, but it may not be as common as you would think for two people to both fall in love for each other. If you are really putting your heart into seeking it, it may happen once a year if you are lucky. And among those, much rarer can it last to reach some stage or grow healthily. So the advice is to cherish it when you get it. It’s indeed a miracle that happens to you and not something completely in your control.
4. Love yourself and your family like no others. To them it can really be unconditional love. You can have complaints, but no matter what wrong they have done, first assume their good intentions, then forgive them and try to teach them to get back to the right way or reach a compromise. Even when you are most angry about them, try to control your emotions and not to treat them like enemies. You only get that a few folks in the world if you are lucky.
5. It’s really important to have a regular sleeping pattern and life style. With the patterns regulated, then you start to wake up to senses of the real need of your body and your emotions. With an ever changing environment, you are too busy coping for changes and would ignore the deepest need of your own. This is a really important part of loving yourself.
6. There’s always exceptions to every rule, e.g, I am staying up late and writing this little thing. :) But that’s why it’s a guideline that everyone strives for but nobody can really reach or stay there forever. It’s the ultimate ideal world that everything happens according to rules. But does it mean we should not try to follow rules? No. In the long run the world is progressing towards the better and the trend is nonstoppable for anyone. So you’d better catch up.
I am thinking if those people who chose to kill themselves may not have chosen such a way if they also learned the lessons I have learned…
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The 2009 H1N1 (Swine flu) Pandemic Internals

Planning to visit China soon, thus did some research about the H1N1 flu that everyone in China is talking about these days. The following are some interesting findings:

Seasonal Flu H1N1 Flu Comment
Estimated Hospitality in U.S. annually 200,000 [1] ~98,000
(~63,000 to ~153,000) [2]
Estimated deaths in U.S. annually 36,000 [1] ~3,900
(~2,500 to ~6,100) [2]
[2] The estimation for H1N1 flu is calculated from a model and is updated every week with more data available. Please note that it could be under-evaluating, e.g., original estimates for April – Oct 17, 2009 were 17,283 hospitalizations and 1,004 deaths. The real numbers were twice more hospitalizations and 1.65 times more deaths.
Pandemic Severity Index [3] < 0.1% < 0.1% This is the case fatality ratio. If we assume 30% of full population get this disease, then < 0.1% of all patients will die. This mean the whole U.S. will have < 90,000 people die from it.

[4] Compare to SARS (H5N1) which was not widespread enough to be called a pandemic, the whole world has seen 8,273 cases among which 775 died. That’s a high 9.6% case fatality rate.

High risk groups 1. 5-, especially 2-;

2. 65+;

3. pregnant women;

4. any age with certain chronic medical conditions;

1. 2-;

2. 65+;

3. pregnant women and women up to 2 weeks postpartum (including following pregnancy loss);

4. any age with certain chronic medical conditions

High risk groups means who are at higher risks for influenza-related complications, including severe illness and death.

For 2009 H1N1 pandemic pregnant women were 4 times more likely to hospitalize; 6 times more death than general public (although pregnant women are only 1% of full population, the group accounts for 6% of all deaths). Women in the 3rd trimester are particular vulnerable. In past pandemics it has reported an unusually high 27% case fatality rate. [5]

70% of all hospitalized with H1N1 had a medical condition.

65+ are less likely to become ill with 2009 H1N1 influenza compared to younger persons. However, they are at higher risk for severe influenza-related complications when they do get H1N1.[6]

For seasonal flu, 85+ has the highest hospitalization rates. 5- has similar hospitalization rate as 50-64 group. [7] 

Priority target groups for vaccines 1. 6 months to 18

2. Pregnant women;

3. 50+;

4. any age with certain chronic medical conditions;

5. People who live in nursing homes and other long-term care facilities

6. People who live with or care for those at high risk for complications from seasonal flu [8]

1. Pregnant women;

2. people who live with or provide care for infants < 6 months

3. health care and emergency medical services personnel.

4. 6 months to 24

5. any age with certain medical conditions [9]

Priority groups for vaccinations are based on high risk groups with some other considerations. For example, all people 50 to 64 are also recommended for seasonal flu vaccine “because a high proportion of them have at least one high-risk condition.” [10]
Hospitality group characteristic 60% is 65+ Highest among 5-;

Young adult 19-24 higher than 25 or older

Death group characteristic 90% is 65+ 11% is 65+  
ILI rate of population [11] 2.30% 5.50% This is the % of outpatient visits for influenza like symptoms. When it’s over the national baseline, the flu is in epidemic. Note for H1N1 the ILI rate has already fallen from the peak of 7.8% 4 weeks ago (the week ending Oct 17, 2009) in the US.
Affection Seasons Only winter/spring seasons Remain active throughout the summer  

In summary, there are some relief and new worries about H1N1:
+ It’s one type of flu. As a result, most people who catch it will only have mild and normal flu symptoms and will get well in a week. Currently 99% people who get flu is getting H1N1, not other types of seasonal flu.
+ The estimated hospitality and death rates are lower than average seasonal flu.
- It’s affecting more people than normal seasonal flu.
- Its effective season is much longer than normal seasonal flu.
- It’s causing a lot more young people to hospitalize or die, unlike normal seasonal flu.
- It’s causing more pregnant women to hospitalize or die.
To prevent H1N1:
1. Getting vaccinated is highly recommended when they become available for high risk groups.
2. CDC recommend the following everyday actions [12]:
  • Cover your nose and mouth with a tissue when you cough or sneeze. Throw the tissue in the trash after you use it.
  • Wash your hands often with soap and water. If soap and water are not available, use an alcohol-based hand rub.
  • Avoid touching your eyes, nose and mouth. Germs spread that way.
  • Stay home if you get sick. CDC recommends that you stay home from work or school and limit contact with others to keep from infecting them.
Seasonal Influenza (Flu) Basics. Centers for Disease Control and Prevention.
[3] Pandemic Severity Index. Wikipedia.
[5] Pandemic Influenza and Pregnant Women. Centers for Disease Control and Prevention. Jan 2008.
[7] Seasonal Influenza-Associated Hospitalizations in the United States. Centers for Disease Control and Prevention.
[8] Key Facts About Seasonal Flu Vaccine. Centers for Disease Control and Prevention.
[9] Key Facts About 2009 H1N1 Flu Vaccine. Centers for Disease Control and Prevention. Nov 24, 2009.
[10] Q&A: Seasonal Influenza & Other Respiratory Viruses. Centers for Disease Control and Prevention.
[11] 2009-2010 Influenza Season Week 45 ending November 14, 2009. Centers for Disease Control and Prevention. Nov 20, 2009.
[12] 2009 H1N1 Flu ("Swine Flu") and You Questions & Answers. Centers for Disease Control and Prevention. Nov 5, 2009.
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Definition of Insanity

Albert Einstein said, “Insanity is doing the same thing over and over again and expecting different results.”

First thought, wow, such a wise quote and I will remember it all through my life! Second thought, I challenged the quote, “What about ads? Marketing people send the same ads over and over again to us in hope we will change our minds to buy something. Sometimes we do, don’t we? So it seems the quote doesn’t apply to all.”

G challenged me, “Marketing people send the same ads over and over again in hope we see it at least once and go buy their stuff. They actually don’t try to change our mind with the same ads. That’s why they change ads from time to time. Otherwise they are insane.”

Hm… seems to make sense. I will still keep this quote with me then. :)

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Latest unemployment rate (plus testing out the new Live Blog Writer…)

August: 9.7%

September: 9.8%

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