Killer flu - a warning

In 1918 Spanish flu swept the world, killing an estimated 50 million people.

100 years later, Aussie flu (as it is called except in the US) is knocking people down like ninepins. Some aren’t getting up.

We live in an age where exaggeration is rife, everything is the biggest and the best and the worst, so when people say this is the next Spanish flu, well, take everything said with a pinch of salt. Whatever you call it, it is a type A influenza, H3N2, bad news.

This isn’t usual flu. It isn’t even man flu. It’s worse.

In the US it has become the most widespread in 12 years, affecting all but 2 states (as at 2 days ago) and has officially been declared an epidemic. It has been spreading in the UK and Europe for a bit longer, and the mutating virus is becoming more serious.

H3N2 flu has been around since late 2017 but it won't go away and is spreading worldwide. Some doctors are treating with antibiotics, others say it is mutating so fast that antibiotics won’t help.

Don’t tough it out. Those with bad cases couldn't go out if they wanted to, they are too weak, but keep warm, take plenty of liquids, treat the symptoms and don’t push yourself. This one is bad.

Comments (107)

Bloody pharmaceutical mafia.. mumbling

Pharmaceuticals along with ammunition manufacturers are the biggest and baddest mafia of our time.. and the rub is that no one ever blames them for their atrocities.. frustrated
Baig, they caused it? Or they won't cure it? confused
Good morning Biff! wave

Well.... I´ve been in contact with the "virus" many times and haven´t got it. In fact, I haven´t had the flu for years- applause

I have such a strong anti-virus that nothing will attack me! Not even a man! laugh
I usually get the 'feel bad or miserable' symtoms in the afternoon. After a good sleep my cold or whatever is gone with the wind. Hope it stays that way.laugh Take carebouquet
Yep, people have died. wow

It seems to be a bad one - kiddo was sick for over a week with high fever and asked to go to bed early every night. Himself was sick as well and he said it's quite painful - Nurofen helped both of them.

I have no idea why I didn't catch it yet. confused

We both got the flu injection - himself in Ireland and I got it in Germany - would be interesting if these 2 countries used different strains in their vaccine?

Hope you're feeling better soon. wave
Biff.. they create these viruses and then sell antidotes.. demand and supply.. obviously there's no real proof so its just a conspiracy theory at best. uh oh
Am worrying for my Arty...... blues
Mimiiiiiiiiiiiiiiiiiii pointing

How's it going?
Hey, Daniela, keep strong laugh

I haven't had flu since I was 11 and don't have it now but a friend does have it and is completely struck down, weak as a kitten. So I looked it up and found all the above info, golly. Statistically at least some of us on CS will get it.

uh oh
Luke, that's the usual, and luckily you guys are in summer, not in this unusually cold winter, you should duck any issues yay
Incu, I agree! thumbs up teddybear
KN, phew, glad the German vaccine has kicked in and meant you could be a full-time nurse!

It is spreading, though, and so many of us are used to swine flu and bird flu etc etc which for most is a couple of days of sniffles, then bouncing back, that it can be ignored in the early stages. Lots of babying ourselves, people grin Perfect excuse to take to your bed with hot chocolate and a good book for a day or two ...
Baig, this one has got away from them then, because antibiotics aren't working on it. Mind you there's a huge demand for flu shots to head it off!

Mimi, keep him indoors on skype to you and safely out of harm's way ... hug
It seems to be more than just the sniffles, himself was in pain and feeling dreadful and the kiddo simply looked terrible. blues

Tbh, I don't think I'll take 1 or 2 days in bed with a book of this stuff if I can avoid it. help
Good morning to you Dani.. wave

Biff... its all part of the plan.. devil

(I hope I'm not beginning to sound paranoid.. lol)
KN, yes, this one is WAY worse

What I meant was keep a careful eye on symptoms, don't just shrug off the first signs as just another cold!
You're right - normally himself would have gone to bed and rest until it gets better. A GP on the radio gave recommendations what to take and I got it in the pharmacy for himself. It did work for him.

If someone gets really weak or high fever, I would send them to the doctor. conversing
Baig, paranoid? You must have heard the theory that AIDS was a laboratory illness designed to target gays, drug addicts and the promiscuous -

It mutated, so that the cure no longer worked, and got away with a vengeance

If you believe that sort of thing ...
KN, what were the recommendations? Buddy is refusing to go to the doctor.
wave boffin

Influenza A sub type H3N2

Influenza A virus subtype H3N2 (A/H3N2) is a subtype of viruses that causesinfluenza (flu). H3N2 Viruses can infect birds and mammals. In birds, humans, andpigs, the virus has mutated into many strains. H3N2 is increasingly abundant inseasonal influenza.


H3N2 is a subtype of the viral genus Influenza virus A, which is an important cause ofhuman influenza. Its name derives from the forms of the two kinds of proteins on the surface of its coat, hemagglutinin (H) and neuraminidase (N). By reassortment, H3N2 exchanges genes for internal proteins with other influenza subtypes.

Seasonal H3N2 flu

Seasonal influenza kills an estimated 36,000 people in the United States each year. Flu vaccines are based on predicting which "mutants" of H1N1, H3N2, H1N2, andinfluenza B will proliferate in the next season. Separate vaccines are developed for the Northern and Southern Hemispheres in preparation for their annual epidemics. In the tropics, influenza shows no clear seasonality. In the past ten years, H3N2 has tended to dominate in prevalence over H1N1, H1N2, and influenza B. Measured resistance to the standard antiviral drugs amantadine and rimantadine in H3N2 has increased from 1% in 1994 to 12% in 2003 to 91% in 2005.

Seasonal H3N2 flu is a human flu from H3N2 that is slightly different from one of the previous year's flu season H3N2 variants. Seasonal influenza viruses flow out of overlapping epidemics in East Asia and Southeast Asia, then trickle around the globe before dying off. Identifying the source of the viruses allows global health officials to better predict which viruses are most likely to cause the most disease over the next year. An analysis of 13,000 samples of influenza A/H3N2 virus that were collected across six continents from 2002 to 2007 by the WHO's Global Influenza Surveillance Network showed the newly emerging strains of H3N2 appeared in East and Southeast Asian countries about six to 9 months earlier than anywhere else. The strains generally reached Australia and New Zealand next, followed by North America and Europe. The new variants typically reached South America after an additional six to 9 months, the group reported.
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Recent report from U.S. Center For Disease Control & Prevention (CDC)...

Biff.. yea I've heard that theory before.. laugh

Frankly though I don't know what to believe anymore so now I neither watch the news nor read the paper. I can confidently say (via personal experience) that ignorance is definitely bliss!

Ah ah ah aah Ahhhhhhhhhhhhhhhhhhhhhhhhhhhhhhhhhhhhhhhhhhhhhhhh Choooooooooooooooooooooooooooooooooooooooooooooooooooooooooooooooooooooooooooo!! sleep
Donald Trump gets the best flu,
Is it weird that whenever someone's mentions Trump my mind goes straight to Melania? dunno smitten
Hi Biff, that flu has hit here too.
But luckily I, nor any of my family, have been struck down by it.
I only got the flu once in my life. It is horrible.You want to die you are so sick.
That is why it annoys me when people who have a cold say they have the flu! There is absolutely no comparison.
Hi Biff
It is the Aliens transport trying to exterminate us. The Anunaki said they were coming back.professor
run for the hills.
Mick, thanks for all the data uh oh

I shoulda done my homework better ... but even those calm and measured reports are saying it is not good news for the populace at large.
Baig, I ignore the news too *high fives* I don't care for being manipulated and now that the right and left wing media are so sharply divided, it is basically impossible to get a balanced view so why even bother. Me knowing something is happening somewhere and I can do absolutely nothing about it is just an exercise in futility.

Non! *emerges cautiously from behind sofa* gesundheit! blimey!
I want to know why nurses these days wear boring trousers and long shirt type things. My taxes would be better spent on some decent lingerie!professor
And Non I think you'll find he gets the bigliest scold

Baig, I sometimes wonder what it would be like to look like Melania for just a day or two. Anyone, really, who lives in the world of the beautiful. Wouldn't want her life, though, not even for a day or two. uh oh
Stephen King wrote a novel called
"The stand"
Perhaps it's time to decide if you stand with the old black wonan or the walking man
Molly, agreed, a few aches and pains and feeling crap simply doesn't cut it, true flu is terrifying.

Once I faked it at boarding school because kids were being sent home which seemed like a good idea. I was put in the san for 2 days with the sick kids and really did get it, ye gods. Thought I would die. Wanted to die. And yes I was sent home but by then I didn't care, too busy dying ...
Cat, they failed in 1918 and they shall fail now. snooty

We shall fight them on the beaches etc etc

Apparently you guys, by contrast, are being whacked with a fairly horrible gastro, or is that confined to Natal? Safest probably to shoot anyone from Natal, if so.
B, the lingerie is there, and if you have reached the point where you lose the will to live, they open a few buttons. It's drastic, but is saving lives.
Plavitrol, I think Mother Abagail, and you?

When I suggested taking to bed for a couple of days with a book, this might not be the best one to choose laugh
A friend and his wife just left here about ten minutes ago. He's in a terrible condition. Working stomach, heavy perspiring, fever etc.I told him to go and see a quack. I did not connect it to the thing in the Republic of Natalia but now I wonder...

I hope it is not contagious.hole
Biff.. definitely a "High Five" moment! That's exactly how I see it too! (the news)

Regarding living in the world of someone beautiful.. we can't really stereotype.. I've seen some extremely beautiful people living very normal lives (some aren't even aware of their exceptional physical appearance) and I've also seen it the other way around. However, living in the shoes of the aforementioned would definitely be freaky deaky.. specially with a hubby like that.. president or no president.. hole
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