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I'm sure I'm not the only person wondering or even asking this on Yahoo, but how much worse/different is the Swine Flu from the annual flu that sweeps through, you know?


Anis said...

Unless you have access to a virology laboratory, you probably can't distinguish the two. Symptoms of swine and seasonal flu include fever, cough, sore throat, body aches, headache, chills, and fatigue. Patients do seem to be reporting diarrhoea and vomiting more often with swine flu than is the case for "normal" flu, but in practice the two forms are probably indistinguishable.

asianric said...

How serious is swine (H1N1) flu infection? Well, it can vary from mild to severe. It can lead to pneumonia and possibly other infections; it probably won't cause death, although one case of death has occurred according to the cdc site.
The cdc site also mentions that one get medical care right away if the sick person:
- has difficulty breathing or chest pain
- has purple or blue discoloration of the lips
- is vomiting and unable to keep liquids down
- has signs of dehydration such as dizziness when standing, absence of urination, or in infants, a lack of tears when they cry
- has seizures (for example, uncontrolled convulsions) and
- is less responsive than normal or becomes confused.
To learn more about swine flu, check out the reference.

Anonymous said...

It comes from pigs, so it MUST be more deadly than the regular flu. No, it's the same illness, just a different strain. About 30,000 people die a year from the regular flu? How many have died from the Swine Flu? Less than 200 from what I last heard! Yeah, guess what? Most of those under 200 deaths are from MEXICO! It's a joke to compare deaths that have happened due to the Swine, to the United States, which has much better health care and medical technology than Mexico. People can die from the regular flu within 7-8 days, just like the Swine Flu.
It's basically about controlling the people via fear. The media is blowing this Swine Flu thing out of proportion. The Egyptian government is insufficient to order a slaughter of 300,000 pigs that haven't even been infected. This flu breaks out among pigs all the time; so, to answer your question in one word: Nothing!

cman121 said...

The annual flu kills 36,000 people on average every year
The Swine Flu (H1N1) is different from the annual flu because....
The U.S. has not come up with a vaccine for the Swine Flu (H1N1)
The Swine Flu (H1N1) spreads more quickly than the annual flu
There is only one confirmed death in the U.S. so far
To avoid coming down with the Swine Flu (H1N1), you should....
Wash your hands lots of times during the day
Avoid close contact with anyone who is infected with the Swine Flu (H1N1)

Darktate said...

it comes from pigs...other than that its a little bit worse with the symptoms and fever. what's really killing people is the pneumonia that you get after all the mucus drips into your lungs. its really not much worse...its because mexico has such bad health care that its claimed so many lives. Tamiflu can prevent death is what they're saying because it helps prevent the symptoms (which include the mucus and water dripping into the lungs) so that is how people survive with the tamiflu and proper treatment.

ohsoswee said...

Well, first its fatal. Also, since its a new and undiscovered illness, our immune systems don't know how to react to it. And thats why its a pretty big deal, since people have no idea where this is coming from and how to cure it. Hopefully once they do find a cure, it will be long gone.

pRoM nITe kInG said...

This flu appeared out of no where

Jadis said...

You grow a snout and pink curly tail.

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