OT Flu string, was: Nazis, real, garb, and soup
- Dianne & Greg Stucki <goofy4@...> wrote:
> >So I take it that you have sufficient medical training toInfluenza is a fast mutating virus, in any season there are several
> >distinguish in common conversation which person is suffering from
> >the actual dreaded influenza (which said most deadly strain has gone
> >underground for now)?? As opposed to which person is simply ill from
> >an unnamed ailment?? And you take umbrage if said suffer is so
> >ill-informed as to mis-state the name of their ailment??
strains active, most are new, some arise during that season. As it
mutates, some viruses are more virulent(contagous) than others,
resultiing in more sick people(and if more elderly and young are sick,
more die). An example of this is one of those years when it seems
everyone is sick with the flu.
In other seasons, it may be more deadly, but far less virulent,
resulting in fewer people ill, but more of the people falling sick
dying. An example would be "bird flu" which is very contagous if you
happen to be a chicken kept in an unhygenic coop, but does not pass at
all well to humans or between them, so few become ill but most die from
And every now and then, we get a year where there is a strain both
virulent and deadly, then we get a pandemic with thousands if not
millions dying. An example of this is the "Spanish Flu" of 1918 when
between 50 and 100 million people died world wide. The spread is so
wide because so many died, not only of the flu but because everything
else failed in some areas.
Well, all that being said, most people who say "Oh, I had the flu".
probably had the common cold, the flu when you get it, even in the
least deadly strains, will make one pretty ill for a fairly long period
of time(say weeks!). But, if you listen carefully to what one says
about thier illness, you can probably make a good guess(without special
medical training) as to whether they have/had the flu or something
Within those, they may have had a something else that makes you as ill
as the flu, and may even started with the flu, say bronchitis or
pneumonia.... which could start with a flu or cold virus, or not even
be viral in nature.....