Wednesday, August 26, 2009

My Daily Domestic Diigolet 08/26/2009

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    • Spread of novel H1N1 virus is thought to occur in the same way that seasonal flu spreads. Flu viruses are spread mainly from person to person through coughing or sneezing by people with influenza. Sometimes people may become infected by touching something – such as a surface or object – with flu viruses on it and then touching their mouth or nose.
    • The symptoms of novel H1N1 flu virus in people include fever, cough, sore throat, runny or stuffy nose, body aches, headache, chills and fatigue. A significant number of people who have been infected with this virus also have reported diarrhea and vomiting. Severe illnesses and death has occurred as a result of illness associated with this virus.
    • People infected with seasonal and novel H1N1 flu shed virus and may be able to infect others from 1 day before getting sick to 5 to 7 days after. This can be longer in some people, especially children and people with weakened immune systems and in people infected with the new H1N1 virus.
      • Cover your nose and mouth with a tissue when you cough or sneeze. Throw the tissue in the trash after you use it.

      • Wash your hands often with soap and water, especially after you cough or sneeze. Alcohol-based hand cleaners* are also effective.

      • Avoid touching your eyes, nose or mouth. Germs spread this way.

      • Try to avoid close contact with sick people.

      • If you are sick with flu-like illness, CDC recommends that you stay home for at least 24 hours after your fever is gone except to get medical care or for other necessities. (Your fever should be gone without the use of a fever-reducing medicine.) Keep away from others as much as possible to keep from making others sick.
    • Yes. CDC recommends the use of oseltamivir or zanamivir for the treatment and/or prevention of infection with novel H1N1 flu virus. Antiviral drugs are prescription medicines (pills, liquid or an inhaled powder) that fight against the flu by keeping flu viruses from reproducing in your body. If you get sick, antiviral drugs can make your illness milder and make you feel better faster. They may also prevent serious flu complications. During the current pandemic, the priority use for influenza antiviral drugs is to treat severe influenza illness (for example hospitalized patients) and people who are sick who have a condition that places them at high risk for serious flu-related complications.
  • Some scary news about the N1N1 flu.

    tags: currentevents, health

    • “This isn’t the flu that we’re used to,” said Kathleen
      Sebelius
      , U.S. health and human services secretary. “The 2009
      H1N1 virus will cause a more serious threat this fall. We won’t
      know until we’re in the middle of the flu season how serious the
      threat is, but because it’s a new strain, it’s likely to infect
      more people than usual.”
    • Data from clinical trials to assess the safety and
      effectiveness of swine flu vaccines will start to become
      available in mid-September, health officials reported Aug. 21.
      Full results from the two-dose trials won’t be available until
      mid-October.


      “We are making every preparation effort assuming a safe
      and effective vaccine will be available in mid-October,”
      Sebelius said today at the CDC’s Atlanta offices.

    • The H1N1 strain is genetically related to the 1918 Spanish
      Flu that killed an estimated 50 million people. Variations of
      the Spanish Flu circulated widely until about 1957, when they
      were pushed aside by other flu strains. People whose first
      exposure to a flu virus was one of those Spanish Flu relatives
      may have greater immunity to the current pandemic, Shaw said.
  • If you voted for Obama is this really the hope and change you were looking for? Really??

    tags: obama, current, events, finance, areyousorryyet?

    • WASHINGTON – The federal government faces exploding deficits and mounting debt over the next decade, White House officials predicted Tuesday in a fiscal assessment far bleaker than what the Obama administration had estimated just a few months ago.


      Figures released by the White House budget office foresee a cumulative $9 trillion deficit from 2010-2019, $2 trillion more than the administration estimated in May. Moreover, the figures show the public debt doubling by 2019 and reaching three-quarters the size of the entire national economy.

    • The deeper red ink and the gloomy unemployment forecast present President Barack Obama with an enormous challenge. The new numbers come as he prods Congress to enact a major overhaul of the health care system — one that could cost $1 trillion or more over 10 years. Obama has said he doesn't want the measure to add to the deficit, but lawmakers have been unable to agree on revenues that cover the cost.
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