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Lessons Learned: Flu of 1918, SARS, Avian, Swine May 7, 2009

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Please read the whole thing before knowing why I think everyone should watch this video… I am of the belief that early on the media blew the H1N1 (Swine flu) virus out of portion. As many people argue, more people (36,000) die in the US from the human influenza then are even coming down with this is H1N1 virus.

However, numbers really mean nothing. What the media seems to be shying away from is the intangible. The real threat of these viruses is what it can become. As is often mentioned is that there is currently no immunization developed specifically for H1N1. Yes, Tamiflu seems to be effective, but who knows against what strains.

Watch this video and learn why it is the future versions of the virus that might have a more dangerous effect on the world… or, if we are lucky, might not!

Talk about foresight… this talk was given at a TED conference in 2007 after rise in concern over the Avian Flu. As much as these sudden and dramatic media blitzes is annoying. I think we all need to be conscience of what is happening around the world. It would be nice if the media could focus on the facts and avoid sound bites that get aired over and over and create more than necessary panic.


Three Positive Strep Tests in 3 Weeks March 20, 2009

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Well, Alec had a positive strep test again on Sunday. He was complaining of pain in his stomach, head, hands and legs. At age 4 3/4, it is hard to say the level and true magnitude of his discomfort. But we decided we would trust there was something really wrong with him and took him to the MinuteClinic on Sunday.

It turned out he still tested positive for Strep Throat. He never complained about problems with his throat, even to the RN who took his test. Apparently, it is very common in his kids his age to have symptoms so different from adults. So, he is back on the antibotics.

Strep Throat has been really been going around the adults at work. People have been sick with cold, flu and strep for the last two months. I am really wondering how long Alec was sick. Hopefully this time we will have taken care of it once and for all.

The weather turned cold this week again, but hopefully now that it is technically Spring, the weather will start to warm up and we can all stop getting sick.

Searching for the Flu 2009 February 11, 2009

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I have noticed that I am getting hit after hit of people searching for Flu 2009. We had an early pair of cases in our house in early January. Both Alec and Kimmie suffered the same symtoms at exactly the same time nearly 2000 miles apart. And I am still hearing about some people at work getting sick.

I am curious though about the searchers. What are you looking for? What information do you expect to find in this search? The web is such a cool place where people can exchange stories and thoughts and I am hoping to hear from people who come across this post. Thanks!

Flu 2009 January 12, 2009

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If you are reading this post, can you post a comment letting me how and why you came across this entry? I am very curious! Please!

So, Kim came down the flu last night/this morning. She woke up in the middle of the night – just sick to her stomach. Yuck – I will have to keep myself and Ian away until she gets through it. Fortunately, Alec is in Florida with his grandparents… but he woke up at exactly the same time with the same thing. Yuck again! Although he doesn’t get it yet, it would suck to fly all the way to Florida only to be sick on your first day.

Apparently he was feeling better as the day went on and they we able to spend a little time outside. No chance of that here this week. The temperatures are looking to be in the single digits the majority of the week. With the wind chill, that means we will be seeing a couple of periods of -30 degrees! Yikes!