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Swine flu can cause viral pneumonia

Discussion in 'News & Current Events' started by Crabtownboy, Oct 17, 2009.

  1. Crabtownboy

    Crabtownboy Well-Known Member

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    It is going to be a bad winter. Protect yourself!

     
  2. annsni

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    From what I understand, it's not actually the flu that is getting a lot of the people but the pneumonia that follows it quickly. The biggest thing is, if you DO get the flu and begin to have any trouble breathing, GET TO THE HOSPITAL. It's not normal to have breathing trouble with the flu.
     
  3. Johnv

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    That's my understanding as well. Influenza does not cause pneumonia. But a body weakened by influenza is more susceptible to infections, including (but not limited to) respiratory infections such as pneumonia.
     
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    Crabtownboy Well-Known Member

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    The bottom line is that viral pneumonia is an extremely serious disease ... often fatal.
     
  5. Johnv

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    True, but that doesn't mean that the flu causes pneumonia.
     
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    An indirect cause perhaps. But if it kills me the fine point of what caused it is academic.
     
  7. Johnv

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    Point taken.
     
  8. rbell

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    Now, ya'll stop messing up a good scare campaign!!!

    Common sense and educating yourself: the antidote.

    Another antidote: Taking the mainstream media's "live in fear" approach with a grain of salt.

    Right on.

    Right on, again.
     
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