Swine flu or not swine flu?

I have been in England and for the last three days I had a sore throat, felt wretched, and had a sense of chills. So have I had swine flu? There have been cases reported not so far away.  But who could tell? I was not ill enough to bother a doctor, let alone report into some hospital for anti-virals or whatever. Most people suffering from this flu are said to have mild symptons.

So who is to know who has had it or not? The cases  reported in official statistics are said to be mostly mild. So surely the statistics wildly under-report the numbers. I have seen one estimate that 7% of Americans have already caught it. That’s about 20 million!

Maybe it is better to catch the mild summer version, since when it returns in the autumn and winter, it is likely to be stronger. Perhaps having a dose now will immunise me partly against another attack? In which case, why do health authorities go to such lengths isolating victims and pumping anti-virals into all their kith and kin? Could this even by counter-productive?

It would be nice if the WHO, instead of agonising over levels of pandemic, would offer a little more practical advice.

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4 Responses to “Swine flu or not swine flu?”

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  3. Melissa Miller Says:

    Get well soon, Marcus!

  4. Catherine Nelson-Pollard Says:

    hmm, perhaps I’d better sit at the other end of the table at our next committee meeting, just in case you sneeze.

    Only joking……

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