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Apr 26, '09Joined: Jan '09; Posts: 60; Likes: 22I read an interesting article on cytokine storm and why young otherwise healthy people die from the flu.
Apr 26, '09Specialty: ICU/Critical Care ; Joined: Feb '08; Posts: 4,914; Likes: 7,697I'm wearing my N-95 mask as I type this.
Apr 26, '09Occupation: manifesting Philippeans 4:8 From: US ; Joined: Aug '07; Posts: 5,944; Likes: 11,196Quote from rngreenhornThe number that I've generally heard tossed around is ~35,000-45,000 annually (in the US). Sorry, I can't give you a reference but I'm sure you can Google it.I wonder how many people die each day from regular ol' flu?
PS I'm not being snarky-- I'm really curious.
Apr 26, '09Occupation: ICU, RN/BSN Specialty: ICU, telemetry ; From: US ; Joined: Sep '06; Posts: 2,115; Likes: 8,405Well, and the next question becomes...as nurses, do you go to work or stay home? I've got some "coworkers" (and DANG but I use that word loosely) who suddenly had "family emergencies" during our norovirus outbreak and didn't come to work for 2 weeks -- and the "family emergency" spontaneously resolved the day the last noro patient went home. Yes, I know if I had a family member who was on chemo or immunocompromised I'd be stripping naked and bathing in Germ-X in the laundry room, with firm orders that they did not go in the laundry room until I'd cleaned it, but these folks didn't have that going on during noro....they just RAN.
Apr 26, '09Occupation: RN Specialty: medsurg/ortho ; From: US ; Joined: Mar '06; Posts: 1,097; Likes: 460Quote from TurnLeftSideI'm wearing my N-95 mask as I type this.
Apr 26, '09Joined: Sep '05; Posts: 2,006; Likes: 2,269Quote from TurnLeftSideI'm wearing my N-95 mask as I type this.
Me, too :wink2:
Apr 26, '09Occupation: visiting nurse Specialty: Too many to list ; From: US ; Joined: Mar '06; Posts: 5,909; Likes: 1,741US: Swine Flu Now Confirmed In 5 States
Canada confirms four H1N1 cases in Nova Scotia, two in British Columbia
Apr 26, '09Occupation: visiting nurse Specialty: Too many to list ; From: US ; Joined: Mar '06; Posts: 5,909; Likes: 1,741HHS to Declare Public Health Emergency
Sunday's CDC Teleconference on Swine Flu
Apr 26, '09From: US ; Joined: Jan '09; Posts: 184; Likes: 217of course, the meat industry is still going to continue to use factory farming...where millions of animals are confined in unsanitary conditions and given CONSTANT doses of antibiotics, just to ensure that superbugs, immune to standard treatment, are definitely going to develop.
70% of all US produced antibiotics are given directly to factory farmed meat animals to promote growth.*
Measles, TB, Smallpox, Influenza, and Pertussis all mutated from domesticated animals before becoming human diseases. (this is why hunter-gathered populations tend to be the ones wiped out by pandemic disease from groups of people who keep domesticated animals.) the idea of giving factory farm animals antibiotics in every meal is absolutely horrifying, and contributes hugely to the risk of a drug-resistant pandemic. buy free range and organic meat if you really care about preventing pandemics...or better yet, go vegetarian.
*source: Mellon M, Benbrook C, Benbrook KL. Hogging It: Estimates of Antimicrobial Abuse in Livestock. Cambridge, MA:Union of Concerned Scientists, 2001.
Apr 26, '09Joined: Dec '08; Posts: 301; Likes: 685Until the CDC says I need to worry I am not going to worry.
The US has declared a public health emergency. A little worrying is in order.
Apr 26, '09Joined: Dec '08; Posts: 301; Likes: 685To clarify - not alot of worrying, but a little is appropriate. I have a stockpile of food, water etc.
Apr 26, '09Joined: Dec '08; Posts: 322; Likes: 210the swine flu is nothing new. it has been in existence since we've been farming pork. i haven't looked too much into it, but i do know of several fatal u.s. cases of it from way back in the 1970's and 1980's.
this is media hysteria...just like ebola and sars. yes, it can be a deadly disease and is of course devastating to any family who loses a loved one by it...but people die every day from influenza strains all over the world. hundreds...thousands of people die of influenza each year, and we never make this big a deal out of it.
yes, these diseases pose a public health threat, but i doubt that this is like some big tornado coming to kill us all. again, people have been getting swine flu for decades, it's just a big outbreak now. no different from any other waxing and waning cases of diseases each year.
Apr 26, '09Joined: Dec '08; Posts: 301; Likes: 685The seasonal flu vaccine will not protect against this virus. They are unsure at this point if it offers any benefit. This virus has swine and bird flu elements, which humans have no immunity to, so this could be very bad. The good news so far is the cases in the US have been mild.