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…keep your hands to yourself

blue-and-white-floral-tissue-box-cover-4112727509In case you haven’t noticed we are in the middle of a flu season that is nothing to sniff at.  And if you happen to be sniffing I suggest you get yourself far away from the still healthy among us before the random Lysol assaults begin…and they will.

In such times when cities are declaring epidemics and germs are spreading at a rampant pace it seems like a good time to freshen up on the basics of staying disease free.

First step, be afraid, be very afraid.  Germs lurk around every corner (and probably all over it to).  Every surface could be your last before drifting into the haze of influenza wrought illness. Read the rest of this entry

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…Find the Source

smartphoneWith the holidays over (for now…we see you Valentine’s Day) and a few more months of winter to go, it’s time to batten down the hatches.

We’re in the middle of the flu season, and if by some miracle you made it through all the holiday parties and family gatherings without coming down with some illness or other,well, you officially have a target on your back.

This flu season is already proving to be a nasty one, with influenza widespread in more than 80 percent of the US.

Despite our best efforts, those of us who are healthy, can feel the influenza surrounding us.  It’s only a matter of time before we all start to feel that tickle in our throat, and then the paranoia kicks in.  Sure, it may turn out to just be a dry throat or a slight head cold, but that won’t keep most of us from playing the blame game.  After all, it definitely wasn’t our fault we caught the flu. Read the rest of this entry

…Let It Fly

It’s late January, pretty much the dreariest part of the winter months.

And if the grey skies and cold weather aren’t enough, we’re also right in the middle of the flu season. 

If you’re lucky you’ve made it through the flu season so far unscathed, and there’s a good chance you’re starting to feel a little cocky about your success.

Don’t worry, the statistics are here to bring you back to reality.

According to a survey conducted by the National Foundation for Infectious Diseases(NFID) 66 percent of Americans are knowingly spreading their flu germs.

That means two out of every three of you influenza factories are putting the rest of us at risk.

 Now, I know what you’ll say.  I need to go to work.  I have things I have to get done.  I don’t have time to be sick.

I have one thing to say to all of your cliché responses.  Don’t be that person. 

You know, the one who thinks the world will end if they take one day off. 

And part of me respects your “suck it up” mentality, but all your really doing is putting the rest of us at risk.

So, you two out of three people, suck it up, and keep your germs to yourselves.

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More on the Story:  When It’s Not Nice to Share

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It never hurts to review the basics of identifying a sick person-

…Immunize

Swine Flu Antibodies- kicking influenza's derrière since 2009

For those of you lucky enough to have contracted and survived the H1N1 virus, you may still be caring around one lingering symptom—Super Immunity!

While you were busy becoming one with your mattress and keeping your bodily fluids internal, your immune system was hard at work creating an army of ass-kicking antibodies.

A group of researchers studying patients who contracted and survived H1N1 were able to isolate five antibodies with an impressive resume.

This ragtag team of sniffles stopping antibodies has met and conquered a slew of intimidating influenza strains:

  • All the seasonal H1N1 flu strains from the last decade
  • The infamous “Spanish flu” from 1918 (killed around 50m people)
  • The (possibly) deadly bird flu H5N1 strain

Those of us who have looked death in the snout now find ourselves at a crossroads. 

Do we (Swine Flu: Class of 2009) continue on with our daily lives as if nothing has changed?  Do we try our best to blend in, hiding our true identities, afraid of what might happen if anyone knew what we really are?

And what are we anyway? 

Well, to put it simply, we are the first generation of a new super-human, virus-carrying machine.

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More on the Story: Super Swine Flu Immunity

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