This Cold Could Kill You

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  1. Martin

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    So, you get a cold and think there is nothing to it? Well you could be wrong. In fact, you could be deadly wrong.

    ""What was so striking was to see patients who were otherwise healthy be just devastated," Gilbert said. Within a day or two of developing a cough and high fever, some were so sick they would arrive at the emergency room gasping for air.
    "They couldn't breathe," Gilbert said. "They were going to die if we didn't get more oxygen into them."
    Gilbert alerted state health officials, a decision that led investigators to realize that a new, apparently more virulent form of a virus that usually causes nothing worse than a nasty cold was circulating around the United States. At least 1,035 Americans in four states have been infected so far this year by the virus, known as an adenovirus. Dozens have been hospitalized, many requiring intensive care, and at least 10 have died."

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    If you or a family member gets sick and it starts getting worse despite medication (etc), make sure your doctor does something. Don't wait until it is too late.
     

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