New Virulent Swine Flu Strain Reported by WHO

We’re generally not the ones to fuel media hype about swine flu. I mean, really, what can you seriously do to prepare for the eventuality of infection? Not much, if anything, besides be self-aware and seek immediate medical attention when you have any symptoms. That, and if you smoke and are overweight, quit and lose the weight. Both increase the chances of serious complications or even death from H1N1. So do those things. Otherwise, there’s probably no way to prevent yourself from getting infected besides luck.

Swine Flu VirusWell, I guess if you’re really gung ho about protecting yourself, you could put on a Hazmat suit and live in the woods until flu season is over. But I’m betting that you’re not willing to go that far, so here’s a piece of news that may make you give that option just a split second of deliberation before you completely discount it, which of course you will.

Doctors are now reporting a severe form of swine flu that goes straight to the lungs, causing severe illness in otherwise healthy young people and requiring expensive hospital treatment, says the World Health Organization. A quick infection of the lungs requires immediate attention and aggressive treatment in an ICU. They are also warning countries in the northern hemisphere, which is where most countries these days happen to be, to prepare for a second wave of flu.

Minorities and indigenous populations seem to have an infection rate 4 to 5 times higher than the general population, assumed due to health conditions and lower standards of living. Epidemic levels are being reported in Japan, and the situation is worsening in the tropical zones of the globe.

To get some perspective, about half a million people die from flu every single year. The reason everyone is making such a big deal out of this one is that it doesn’t originate in humans and we don’t have a developed immunity to it. But don’t freak out from reading this post. Just be alert, and make sure you’re breathing alright.

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