Swine Flu: Round Two

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    It seems that Swine Flu is back and ready for action, Phase 6. Fortunately, for a large majority of patients, it is just a bad flu.

    For 1% of the patients, however, it causes acute respiratory distress syndrome. In other words, H1N1 eats their lungs. The below graph demonstrates why mitigation must be attempted. Current estimates make this a Category 3 or 4 pandemic, which is nothing to ignore.

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    The "eating lungs" reference sounds a bit like some of the effects of the Spanish Flu. I really do hope that people take this seriously and are careful to practise protective behaviours in the northern winter.
     
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    For those 1% of cases, the H1N1 turns their aveoli to goo (non-technical term there), which prevents oxygen absorption. If the patient isn't put onto a ventilator and rapidly given antivirals, they die. You are right, this is what has the experts worried.

    At my University we already have a quarantine policy, where the ill will get masks, disinfectant, and food delivered directly to their residences. I hope this silences all those who were previously in denial of the threat.
     
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    Let the bodies hit the floor......
     
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    *yawn* A side effect of all the crap we've had around for so long. I expected nothing less.
     
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    Unfortunately for us, this is a classic evolutionary battle. We're simply the prey for tiny microscopic hunters.
     
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    True, but you must admit, we'd be a lot tougher if we hadn't been using all those chemicals and vaccines as much as we have. ;)
     
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    Pharmaceuticals are the spears of microbiological combat :D
     
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    Depends on how it's used. :cool: A weapon can be your tool ... or your undoing.
     
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    At least we discovered germ theory. Heck before 1911 I think it was we thought flu was caused by miasma! Given that the first known clinical description of influenza was as early as Hippocrates we certainly took a while to work out what caused it.

    Anyway, take care this (northern) winter.
     

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