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    03/2/2018 10:03 pm

    https://www.beckershospitalreview.com/patient-flow/san-diego-hospital-opens-surge-tent-after-area-flu-cases-quadruple.html

    December 2017

    San Diego County's Department of Health and Human Services reported 2,227 new flu cases last week compared to a total of 563 lab-confirmed flu cases the week before, nearly four-times the amount of cases.

    San Diego County reported approximately 3,900 flu cases this season compared to 599 cases this time last year. Last week, the death toll from the flu outbreak in the county reached 11. The county saw only four flu-related deaths this time last year.

    30/1/2018 4:51 pm

    https://kitchenette.jezebel.com/your-waiters-are-violently-sick-while-serving-you-food-1609379121

    If you're sick, even contagiously sick, you still have to come in or you can be fired for missing your shift.
    Then if you cough, which you might do if you're sick, you get written up for improper food safety. So yeah, it's a no-win.

    http://www.winknews.com/2018/01/10/flu-cases-cause-long-lines-waits-local-hospitals/

    Some hospital patients have been waiting over six hours to be seen…all because there have been so many treated for the flu in recent weeks.

    Many patients are even being treated in hallways for lack of hospital beds and space.
    Pictures taken by a patient inside Gulf Coast Hospital show the demand for beds during this spike in flu season.
    “There’s a lot of people there with masks. As soon as you walk in everybody in the waiting room is covered in masks or has got their shirts over their mouth,” said one patient.

    29/1/2018 6:44 am

    https://www.wsj.com/articles/as-flu-spreads-schools-close-in-at-least-11-states-1516984718

    It's now 12 states.

    http://www.newsweek.com/flu-season-school-districts-closed-states-788942

    ......that the closures—a result of "excessive absences and concerns about the [flu] virus"—have spanned about 20 districts or individual schools in Alabama, Arkansas, Idaho, Illinois, Michigan, Missouri, North Carolina, Ohio, Oklahoma, Tennessee, Texas and Virginia.

    Apart from vaccinations, Siler offered a tip for parents and students to prevent continued outbreaks: If you're not feeling well, "Stay at home."

    "Don't go to the movie theater. Don't go out shopping," she said. "Stay home until you are well."

    28/1/2018 9:33 pm

    https://www.express.co.uk/news/world/910991/flu-Spanish-flu-ozzy-flu-Davos-global-pandemic-international-travel

    The experts said that a mutated flu virus could be the biggest threat as it can join together with other strains to become deadly.

    Humanity is more vulnerable in the face of epidemics because we are much more connected and we travel around much more quickly than before.”

    The experts were speaking at Davos in a discussion called ‘Are we Ready For The Next Pandemic?”

    Dr Briand also said: “The flu is a respiratory virus that is easily transmitted and people can be contagious even before they show symptoms, so it is not easy to control.”

    Sounds like the opening scenes in Survivors.  Aussie Flu spreads with airplane travel.
    SARS, taking a 14 hour flight from China to Toronto. The plane is like an incubator.
    All those hours for people to share air. You don't have to cough to spread this.

    27/1/2018 8:15 am

    It is a picture, that is getting much worse...

    Then, two weeks ago, the intensity line plodded steadily beyond the 2014-2015 Christmas week peak, but the mortality line initially did not budge. But it is now shooting upward at the high trajectory angle of a North Korean rocket, has passed the peaks of the last two seasons and is on track to match or surpass 2014-2015.

    But does anyone in power, really care?

    Meanwhile in Scotland......

    https://www.sundaypost.com/fp/scotlands-killer-winter-sees-highest-elderly-death-rate-in-europe/

     

    26/1/2018 9:32 pm

    https://www.nytimes.com/2018/01/26/health/flu-rates-deaths.html

    This year’s flu season is now more intense than any since the 2009 swine flu pandemic and still getting worse, federal health officials said on Friday.

    California and the West Coast have been hit hard , with four times as many people hospitalized than in 2014 - 2015.
    New York and the North East are beginning to catch.

    18/1/2018 9:04 pm

    bobmeades wrote:

    You see, even our authorities have adopted Tom Price's advice: Quote........

    The health agency recommends people stay away from people with the illness[size=100] [/size]
     

     
    http://www.foxnews.com/travel/2018/01/17/man-faints-on-airplane-nearly-causes-flight-to-make-emergency-landing-because-aussie-flu.amp.htm

    How many people were on that plane and exposed to the flu ?

    The 26-year-old blamed the episode on his two-week battle with H3N2, or “Aussie flu,” – the virus that has claimed 97 lives so far in the UK alone, with more fatalities expected as the flu virus reaches its peak, the Daily Mail reported.

    When Joseph was finally back in London, his symptoms got worse – sweating profusely and vomiting blood.
    Joseph went to the hospital where he was told he had the “Aussie Flu.”

    “It was there that I was told I had this strain [H3N2], which has been dubbed Aussie flu. I was told to just go home and rest and stay away from people,” he said.

    18/1/2018 11:25 am

    Lorraine wrote:

    bobmeades :
    "After the "Post Xmas" flu rush, probably caused by families far & wide, spreading their germs with each other over the "Festive" season, it seems to have gone off the headlines in the UK at the moment"

    http://www.express.co.uk/life-style/health/903223/aussie-flu-uk-news-symptoms-spread-cures
    Progress report from Jan 11 to 15, 2018

    You see, even our authorities have adopted Tom Price's advice: Quote........

    The health agency recommends people stay away from people with the illness[size=100] [/size]
     

    18/1/2018 2:14 am

    bobmeades :
    "After the "Post Xmas" flu rush, probably caused by families far & wide, spreading their germs with each other over the "Festive" season, it seems to have gone off the headlines in the UK at the moment"

    http://www.express.co.uk/life-style/health/903223/aussie-flu-uk-news-symptoms-spread-cures
    Progress report from Jan 11 to 15, 2018

    17/1/2018 11:20 am

    After the "Post Xmas" flu rush, probably caused by families far & wide, spreading their germs with each other over the "Festive" season, it seems to have gone off the headlines in the UK at the moment.

    16/1/2018 10:03 pm

    http://www.latimes.com/local/lanow/la-me-ln-flu-demand-20180116-htmlstory.html
    January 16   2018

    . People under 16 — who are considered more likely to spread the flu — aren’t allowed to visit people at the hospital, and patients can have only one visitor at a time, said hospital president Dr. Nanette Mickiewicz.

    “As we did during H1N1, we pulled out the same policies,” she said. “We’ve been treating almost five times the number of influenza patients that we typically see.”

    Hospitals across the state are sending away ambulances, flying in nurses from out of state and not letting children visit their loved ones for fear they’ll spread the flu. Others are canceling surgeries and erecting tents in their parking lots so they can triage the hordes of flu patients.

    Staff members at Torrance Memorial Medical Center have been working long hours to care for a swell in sick patients that began in late December, said Dr. James McKinnell, infectious disease specialist. Some patients are incredibly ill with multiple strains of the flu, or the flu and pneumonia.

    Several hospitals in California are treating flu patients in so-called “surge tents” intended for major disasters.

    14/1/2018 1:41 am

    bobmeades wrote:

    It looks like it is getting worse in the UK - time to quote Tom Price:
    "I'm keeping away from everyone"
    http://www.gloucestershirelive.co.uk/news/health/aussie-flu-gloucestershire-latest-1033196

     
    https://www.thesun.co.uk/news/5295083/aussie-flu-uk-maps-news-latest-2018/

    Professor Robert Dingwall, a flu expert at Nottingham Trent University told The Sun Online the UK must brace itself for the flu crisis to "get worse before it gets better".
    He warned the NHS is facing an unprecedented challenge, and urged businesses to have contingency plans ready, as the number of cases is expected to rise in the coming weeks.

    NHS trusts may be forced to cancel non-emergency operations well into February, Prof Dingwall told The Sun Online, as hospitals struggle to cope amid the winter crisis.

    He added: "The French are having real problems and we are likely to see the same here within weeks."

    14/1/2018 1:38 am

    https://www.thesun.co.uk/news/5295083/aussie-flu-uk-maps-news-latest-2018/

    By September Australia was in the grips of an aggressive flu season with more than 93,000 people struck down by the serious disease in less than a month

    Thanks to plummeting temperatures as well as the ease of modern travel, it began migrating to the more heavily populated north hemipshere where the general flu season was just getting underway.

    Our map shows how the virus moved from Papua New Guinea into Asia and then spread on to the Middle East.

    But another map lays bare how the influenza epidemic is swiftly invading Europe.

    Yesterday "Aussie flu" was feared to have spread to almost all parts of the UK, following a surge in flu cases over the weekend.
    He added: "The French are having real problems and we are likely to see the same here within weeks."

    12/1/2018 10:39 am

    Seems we now have French Flu & Jap Flu, along with Aussie - Mutations?

    http://www.dailypost.co.uk/news/north-wales-news/how-spot-difference-between-aussie-14136474

    11/1/2018 9:22 pm

    https://www.usatoday.com/story/news/2018/01/09/deaths-and-hospitalizations-rise-flu-season-hits-full-swing/1017898001/
    The overall impact can vary greatly year to year, but flu always takes a substantial toll. CDC estimates that influenza has caused 9 million to 35 million illnesses, 140,000 to 710,000 hospitalizations and 12,000 to 56,000 deaths in the United States each year since 2010. In many cases, hospitalizations and deaths do not show up in official reports, for a variety of reasons — including the fact that most people with flu are never tested for it and that states are not required to report adult flu deaths.

    One reason this could be a bad season: A majority of patients tested so far carried a type of influenza virus, called H3N2, that is linked to increased hospitalizations and deaths in young children and people over age 65, according to CDC.  Vaccines often are less effective against these viruses than other flu viruses.

    “It was over the weekend that we recognized that our volume was increasing,” said Michelle Gunnett, RN-Palomar Health, Escondido, Calif.

    North of San Diego, emergency room doctors set up a special tent outside the hospital to handle a surge in flu patients.

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