World Health Organization predicts an “explosion in the H1N1 flu” just in time for the kids going back to school. The WHO urged governments to prepare for a second wave of the swine flu estimating as many as one- third of the world’s population becoming infected over the next two years. They estimate the dramatic rise in cases will begin this fall. The fear is that the rash of new cases will over whelm hospitals, even though most cases will be mild and not needing medical care.
WHO Western Pacific Director Shin Young-Soo predicts the flu will double in cases every three to four days for several months until the numbers peak. He goes on to say it will appear as if there is an “explosion” of cases and it will be certain the world will experience more deaths as a result to this second wave of the flu.
WHO wants the word out there now so communities can be aware of this pending pandemic so they can be prepared to do what they can do to stop the spread of this flu.
“Constant random mutation is the survival mechanism to the microbial world, Chief of WHO, Margaret Chan, warned in a video symposium. She went on to warn that pregnant women face a higher risk of complications from this flu. Others that are in a high risk category for complications of the flu are people with underlying medical conditions. Conditions such as asthma, heart disease, diabetes and autoimmune disorders lend a bigger risk of failing from the flu than others.
Chan went on to say that they need to gather more information about the groups that will be more at risk and use this when distributing the vaccines. The decision making of what constitutes a priority group to first dole out the vaccine to will be one of the more difficult decisions the government will need to make. This is due to the extremely limited supply of the vaccine and its projected scarceness for months to come.
WHO offered new advice to doctors on the use of antiviral medications such as Tamiflu, saying the otherwise healthy person who contracts a mild to moderate case of this flu will need to use this type of medication. Stressing that people who develop worsening cases of flu and are experiencing the symptoms of weakness, chest pain and breathing difficulties should get Tamiflu immediately into their system.
This would be the time to prepare for the possibility of the H1N1 flu outbreak in your area. It is a good idea to stock your cabinets with flu friendly foods and make sure you have enough for at least three days. Canned soup, ginger ale and cola are liquids traditionally used to settle upset stomachs. Gator aid is full of the electrolytes that you may need to replace in your system. Crackers and some other light foods such as rice or noodles will be a filling food for when you are feeling better. Tylenol, Ibuprofen, and any type of cold medications that you usually would use should be in your cabinets with correct expiration dates. Some frozen Italian Ices or popsicles in your freezer will come in handy when you are home with the flu. Hand sanitizer and plenty of soap and water should be used on a constant basis. The face masks will not prevent you from getting the flu, but may help in protecting your family from it spreading to them if the person infected wears one.
By being prepared you will not have to call upon outside family and friends to make deliveries to your home while you are sick. This alone will help in the spreading of the flu. Again, it cannot be stressed enough to continue with hand washing and the use of hand sanitizer on a constant basis to protect against getting the flu in the first place. Hand sanitizer can be kept in your car and used often when you are in and out of places doing on the road errands.
Reference: Fox News