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Old 02-13-2018, 06:17 PM   #1
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The Flu is Killing Up to 4,000 Americans a Week

By Bloomberg
February 10, 2018

The amount of influenza ravaging the U.S. this year rivals levels normally seen when an altogether new virus emerges, decimating a vulnerable population that hasn’t had a chance to develop any defenses.

It’s an unexpected phenomenon that public health experts are still trying to decode.

The levels of influenza-like illnesses being reported now are as high as the peak of the swine flu epidemic in 2009, and exceed the last severe seasonal flu outbreak in 2003 when a new strain started circulating, said Anne Schuchat, the U.S. Centers for Disease Control and Prevention’s acting director. Swine flu, which swept the globe in 2009 and 2010, sickened 60.8 million Americans, hospitalized 274,304 and killed 12,469, according to CDC data. Deaths from the current outbreak will likely far outstrip those of the 2009-2010 season.

“This is a difficult season, and we can’t predict how much longer the severe season will last,” she said. “I wish there was better news, but everything we are looking at is bad news.”

The primary type of influenza this year hasn’t changed enough from previous seasons to be considered a novel strain, Schuchat said. The agency’s virologists are studying it to determine if there are any other explanations for why it’s been so hard-hitting.

“We have a lot to learn still about influenza,” she said. “It’s a wake-up call about how severe influenza can be, and why we can never let down our guard.”

Deaths from influenza and pneumonia, which are closely tied to each other in the winter months, were responsible for 1 of every 10 deaths last week, and that’s likely to rise, Schuchat said in a conference call Friday. There were 40,414 deaths in the U.S. during the third week of 2018, the most recent data available, and 4,064 were from pneumonia or influenza, according to the CDC data. The number for that week is expected to rise more reports are sent to the agency.

It gets worse. The death toll in future weeks is expected to grow even higher because flu activity is still rising—and the number of deaths follow the flu activity. Hospitalization rates are already approaching total numbers seen at the end of the flu season, which may not be for months.

“Unfortunately, more deaths are likely to happen,” Schuchat said. “Over the next few weeks, we do expect and it would make sense to see more pneumonia and influenza-related deaths. The people who are likely to die are already in the hospital.”

This year’s flu could be more calamitous than outbreaks going back decades, but there’s no way to know for sure. It’s difficult to compare the severity of influenza across seasons for more than a handful of years because of changes in how the virus is handled in the U.S. The CDC started recommending universal vaccination to stop the spread of the virus in 2010, after previously targeting only those in high-risk groups who were most likely to die from an infection.


The agency reported another 10 deaths among children this season, bringing the total to 63 so far. Half had no other medical conditions that would place them in the high-risk category, and only about 20 percent were vaccinated.

The agency only started counting deaths among children in 2004, after a particularly severe season. That year, the number of doctor’s office visits for the flu peaked at 7.6 percent; last week it was 7.7 percent.

Source: http://fortune.com/2018/02/10/american-flu-deaths/





Here is a question to ask yourself:

Does your Senator or Representative support paid sick leave?

Because the Koch brothers are funding GOP members right now to vote against it.

Flu infection rates decrease
in cities where workers earn sick days.


Parents who cannot take leave are two times more likely to send their sick children to school.


If the answer is no you need to vote against them. This current flu epidemic should be all the evidence you need to see the importance of paid sick leave.

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Old 02-13-2018, 06:19 PM   #2
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Old 02-13-2018, 06:20 PM   #3
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Get a real job that comes with sick days, vacations and everything.
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By Bloomberg
February 10, 2018

The amount of influenza ravaging the U.S. this year rivals levels normally seen when an altogether new virus emerges, decimating a vulnerable population that hasn’t had a chance to develop any defenses.

It’s an unexpected phenomenon that public health experts are still trying to decode.

The levels of influenza-like illnesses being reported now are as high as the peak of the swine flu epidemic in 2009, and exceed the last severe seasonal flu outbreak in 2003 when a new strain started circulating, said Anne Schuchat, the U.S. Centers for Disease Control and Prevention’s acting director. Swine flu, which swept the globe in 2009 and 2010, sickened 60.8 million Americans, hospitalized 274,304 and killed 12,469, according to CDC data. Deaths from the current outbreak will likely far outstrip those of the 2009-2010 season.

“This is a difficult season, and we can’t predict how much longer the severe season will last,” she said. “I wish there was better news, but everything we are looking at is bad news.”

The primary type of influenza this year hasn’t changed enough from previous seasons to be considered a novel strain, Schuchat said. The agency’s virologists are studying it to determine if there are any other explanations for why it’s been so hard-hitting.

“We have a lot to learn still about influenza,” she said. “It’s a wake-up call about how severe influenza can be, and why we can never let down our guard.”

Deaths from influenza and pneumonia, which are closely tied to each other in the winter months, were responsible for 1 of every 10 deaths last week, and that’s likely to rise, Schuchat said in a conference call Friday. There were 40,414 deaths in the U.S. during the third week of 2018, the most recent data available, and 4,064 were from pneumonia or influenza, according to the CDC data. The number for that week is expected to rise more reports are sent to the agency.

It gets worse. The death toll in future weeks is expected to grow even higher because flu activity is still rising—and the number of deaths follow the flu activity. Hospitalization rates are already approaching total numbers seen at the end of the flu season, which may not be for months.

“Unfortunately, more deaths are likely to happen,” Schuchat said. “Over the next few weeks, we do expect and it would make sense to see more pneumonia and influenza-related deaths. The people who are likely to die are already in the hospital.”

This year’s flu could be more calamitous than outbreaks going back decades, but there’s no way to know for sure. It’s difficult to compare the severity of influenza across seasons for more than a handful of years because of changes in how the virus is handled in the U.S. The CDC started recommending universal vaccination to stop the spread of the virus in 2010, after previously targeting only those in high-risk groups who were most likely to die from an infection.


The agency reported another 10 deaths among children this season, bringing the total to 63 so far. Half had no other medical conditions that would place them in the high-risk category, and only about 20 percent were vaccinated.

The agency only started counting deaths among children in 2004, after a particularly severe season. That year, the number of doctor’s office visits for the flu peaked at 7.6 percent; last week it was 7.7 percent.

Source: http://fortune.com/2018/02/10/american-flu-deaths/





Here is a question to ask yourself:

Does your Senator or Representative support paid sick leave?

Because the Koch brothers are funding GOP members right now to vote against it.

Flu infection rates decrease in cities where workers earn sick days.
Parents who cannot take leave are two times more likely to send their sick children to school.


If the answer is no you need to vote against them. This current flu epidemic should be all the evidence you need to see the importance of paid sick leave.
Getting paid sick leave will not stop you from getting the flu.
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Old 02-13-2018, 06:22 PM   #5
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Old 02-13-2018, 06:23 PM   #6
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i have to earn my sick hours before i can use them so the first 1/2 of the year i go to work sick
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Old 02-13-2018, 06:28 PM   #7
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Donald Duck cut the CDC's effort to prevent global outbreaks by 80% in his budget.
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Old 02-13-2018, 06:54 PM   #8
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Probiotics, not antibiotics are the key to preventing or lessening the effects of the flu. Take a capsule of acidophilus once a day (at least one billion units).

Multivitamins and Vitamin D (new research has shown that Vitamin C alone does nothing for cold/flu viruses) are beneficial as well.

This sounds like Captain Obvious but check your Elders as well.


Oh and...hi BB.

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Old 02-13-2018, 06:56 PM   #9
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Apparently Jeebus stops you getting the flu.
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Did you know that the flu is a plot by rightists to kill poor people administered by Donald J. Trump at the direction of the Koch Brothers?
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Old 02-13-2018, 07:06 PM   #11
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The only effective preventative is to not get exposed it the flu.
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Old 02-13-2018, 07:27 PM   #12
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Just think all these people dying leaves more room and money for the dreamers! Maybe Nancy Pelosi can spend a few hours on her feet talking about children dying from the....yeah right, not her agenda.
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Probiotics, not antibiotics are the key to preventing or lessening the effects of the flu. Take a capsule of acidophilus once a day (at least one billion units).

Multivitamins and Vitamin D (new research has shown that Vitamin C alone does nothing for cold/flu viruses) are beneficial as well.

This sounds like Captain Obvious but check your Elders as well.


Oh and...hi BB.

...antibiotics don't work for any virus...hence the reason for vaccines. They only work for secondary ailments caused by the flu.
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Best health care in the world? Lmao.
You know of a country with a cure for the flu?

Far as I know the treatment for flu is fluids and rest. Did you want to offer a better course of treatment?
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...antibiotics don't work for any virus...hence the reason for vaccines. They only work for secondary ailments caused by the flu.
Both quite right. Avoid exposing yourself. Failing that, reduce your exposure. And wash your hands.
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i have to earn my sick hours before i can use them so the first 1/2 of the year i go to work sick
Many I work with come in sick even though their sick leave bank is stuffed with hours.
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Getting paid sick leave will not stop you from getting the flu.
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Do you pee in their desk chairs?
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Didn't the Queen Dingbat of the Copeland Klan just state emphatically that there is no such thing as the flu? That it's only sinners being culled off and that if you truly believe in silly nonsense you won't be afflicted?


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Old 02-14-2018, 07:04 AM   #21
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We get sick time, refreshed at the beginning of each new fiscal year.

People would rather blow it on a nice day or because they don't want to deal with the day to day bullshit. Just a guess, but I'd say over a third of our workforce use up most of their sick time in the first couple months after getting it. A few use it all in the first month.

Many people will show up sick. Management seems to be ok with that. I've never heard of anyone being sent home because they were sick. More people = more production and less overtime.

Our current "epidemic" is caused by workitis and has little to do with having the flu. People are calling in sick and showing up the next day looking and sounding just fine.
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65 Children have died in California from the flu.Enough they have declared a epidemic in the hospitals.

In California they have been recommending Thera Flu Tama Flu and Hand Sanitizer and Changing Towels religiously etc. I had Flu and Pneumonia shot this year. I have been lucky.
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Both quite right. Avoid exposing yourself. Failing that, reduce your exposure. And wash your hands.
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