The WHO called the flu "unstoppable" and said, "Several reports showed the new virus attacks people differently than seasonal flu -- affecting younger people, the severely obese and seemingly healthy adults, and causing disease deep in the lungs."
So...let me do my momma thing via my blog cause I'm not in your faces to do this...humor me, por favor...
*wash your hands
*don't touch your face
*if you have hand sanitizer-please use it. If you don't, rub your hands together quickly-quick enough to make them feel hot. That will get rid of A LOT of germs and bacteria.
*cough and sneeze into the crook of your arm-not your hands
*stay away from crowded places as much as possible
*if you're sick-don't go to work, to church, shopping, etc.
*if you're out and someone is sick, smack them silly, j/k-just seeing if you're still reading
This flu is a "distant cousin" of the flu that caused the 1918 pandemic flu, so those born before 1920 have some protective immunity against the virus...how's THAT for a kick in the pants...the old guys have an edge!
This virus is mean. It doesn't stay in the nose and throat like our other seasonal flu viruses. It replicates best deep in the lungs. It's also been shown to go to the gastrointestinal tract. Nice.
And then I read this:
"Obesity has been observed to be one of the risk factors for more severe reaction to H1N1" -- something never before seen...It is not clear if obese people may have undiagnosed health problems that make them susceptible, or if obesity in and of itself is a risk."
Again, I'm doing this because I'm a mom and I hate it when my kids get sick. I'm also a skosh worried about this flu. When the two are combined, you get blog entries like this. I promise to be sunnier tomorrow. Today, I have to remind my friends and family that this is real and to get ready before it hits. That's all.
And with any luck at all, I could be entirely wrong and WAAAAYYYYY OFF BASE.
Oh happy days!!!!!