It's still mild right? - page 2

My understanding is that they're more concerned about this virus becoming more virulent and coming back around a second time. Why don't they allow it to spread now while it's still mild so we can... Read More

  1. by   indigo girl
    Etobicoke man's 'mild' case of H1N1 landed him in intensive care unit after 12 days of mounting pain

    Most cases continue to be mild but, it can look like this when it is not so mild. At least he did not end up on a vent or dead. He probably thought that he was going to die or maybe wished that he was...

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    ...the case was characterized as "mild" because the patient did not require ventilation to assist with breathing.

    Gale, however, said from his perspective the illness he endured was anything but mild.

    "That's crazy,'' he said of the hospital's characterization.

    "It's been hell. That's the first time I've had to spend a night in hospital in my life."
  2. by   nerdtonurse?
    Definitions of severity are always difficult to quantify -- I know it's changed since I became a nurse. It used to be bad flu if it kept me home -- now I consider it bad if you end up on a vent.

    My definition:

    Mild -- You can still look after yourself without assistance, and have the capacity to call for help if you need it. You may or may not be on prescription meds. You could get yourself out of the house if it caught on fire without any problem. No need for hospitalization.

    Moderate -- You need someone else to run to the store/pharmacy for you and cook for you. You're on prescription meds. If the house caught on fire, you'd probably need assistance to leave the building. You may or may not need hospitalization

    Severe -- You're hospitalized, on IV antibiotics, with oxygen therapy.

    Critical -- You're in ICU on a vent.
  3. by   indigo girl
    Good points, and I agree with you.
  4. by   indigo girl
    Swine flu: not a walk in the park

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    So far illness caused by this virus seems similar to the illness caused by seasonal flu. The word "mild" is sometimes applied to flu that doesn't kill you or send you to the hospital. If you've had flu -- this one or the more usual seasonal kind -- that won't be much comfort to the wracking muscle and joint pains, fever and miserable respiratory symptoms. But at least you didn't wind up in the hospital, although you could have. Influenza can be very nasty...

    False negatives occurred in 5 out of 30 of the hospitalized cases reported on here.

    As far as we know at the moment, these patients are not unusual in the sense that their experience is unlike "the usual" seasonal influenza. On the contrary, one reason for concern about a flu virus that can spread faster and to more people (and younger people) is not that its illness is unlike seasonal influenza but that the illness it causes is (so far) very much like seasonal influenza.