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post #31 of 39
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I though the main concern with this virus is that it was killing young people due to an immune system overreaction to a new microorganism. I didn't realize it was all secondary infection.
That's one risk, but that's not the only thing that makes flu viruses potentially dangerous. But really this isn't the main point - If one is very sick, go to the doctor. It doesn't need to be H1N1 to be dangerous.
post #32 of 39
Strangewings, I definitely agree. I'm just advising caution, and not having a cavalier attitude about new viruses.
post #33 of 39
For what it's worth, here is the latest update on the Swine Flu from Vancouver Coastal Health. The details are specific to this area, but the article may be of interest in general, particularly some of the links might be useful.
post #34 of 39
My husband and I both work at the hospital and today we were all told to stop refering to it as "swine flu" that it was politically incorrect not scientifically incorrect but politically incorrect I almost died laughing! I mean how many pigs had to call in and complain in order for them to write up a policy like that!

Most of our patients want to know two things:

1. "How do I know if I or my child has it?"
The truth is we don't know either. If you have flu syptoms we send a sample to the state and they test to see if you have it. Some doctors will prescribe Tamiflu or Relenza which are antiviral drugs but some don't as many of the confirmed H1N1 patients have recovered without it. If you come in to see me with flu symptoms the first thing I want to know is if you have been to a high-risk area (in this case Mexico). If you haven't then chances are you probably don't have it.

2. "How do I keep from getting it?" or if you have the flu "How do I keep from giving it to someone else?"
A) Wash your hands with warm soap and water...if you're not sure how long to wash your hand for do what I tell my kids "sing you ABC's" by the time you get to Z you've pretty much killed everything. You can also use an alchol-based hand sanitizer like Germ-X if you can't get to a sink.
B)Avoid sick people
C)Cough and sneeze into your elbow or sleeve.

Try not to worry and use normal "flu season" precautions.
post #35 of 39
As far as when to believe the media, I think it is smart to listen to national and local news when it comes to public health concerns and environmental safety. Just as important to listen to the facts about precautions, symptoms, and treatments.
post #36 of 39
I feel the media oftentimes is slanting the truth or blowing it up - while millions watch. It is a VERY powerful medium in society.
post #37 of 39
I was watching the local news a little while ago (had a bad storm blow over) and one of them called it N1H1. I snickered a bit.
Seems they can't even get the name right.
post #38 of 39
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Originally Posted by cococat View Post
I feel the media oftentimes is slanting the truth or blowing it up - while millions watch. It is a VERY powerful medium in society.
True, the media often exploits, glorifies, and exaggerates public interest/entertainment topics. You all need to understand that it takes serious mitigation for public health warnings to be broadcast. This is no joke! Instead of being so paranoid of if it is true and what if it is, or telling yourself it's another media hoax, why don't you look it up online, get the facts, stop making excuses or suggestions.....
post #39 of 39
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Originally Posted by dharma3 View Post
My husband and I both work at the hospital and today we were all told to stop refering to it as "swine flu" that it was politically incorrect not scientifically incorrect but politically incorrect I almost died laughing! I mean how many pigs had to call in and complain in order for them to write up a policy like that!

Most of our patients want to know two things:

1. "How do I know if I or my child has it?"
The truth is we don't know either. If you have flu syptoms we send a sample to the state and they test to see if you have it. Some doctors will prescribe Tamiflu or Relenza which are antiviral drugs but some don't as many of the confirmed H1N1 patients have recovered without it. If you come in to see me with flu symptoms the first thing I want to know is if you have been to a high-risk area (in this case Mexico). If you haven't then chances are you probably don't have it.

2. "How do I keep from getting it?" or if you have the flu "How do I keep from giving it to someone else?"
A) Wash your hands with warm soap and water...if you're not sure how long to wash your hand for do what I tell my kids "sing you ABC's" by the time you get to Z you've pretty much killed everything. You can also use an alchol-based hand sanitizer like Germ-X if you can't get to a sink.
B)Avoid sick people
C)Cough and sneeze into your elbow or sleeve.

Try not to worry and use normal "flu season" precautions.


Best advice yet! I'd also like to add that if you yourself gets sick (with any form of the flu or bad cold), stay home! As a kindness to others, and in the interest of not spreading disease, please! If you're ill, you shouldn't be going to work, school, shopping, etc.

I work in a hospital too, and when people ask me if I'm worried about getting the (apparently un-PC) swine flu, I tell them the truth. No, I'm not worried. I get exposed to sick people every day, and every day I take precautions. I wash my hands frequently, and I'm careful when dealing with people who are obviously ill.
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