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The latest victim was described as a man in his 30s with an underlying heart condition.
Originally posted by ecoparity
Originally posted by notcrazyinaustin
reply to post by Whatthehell?
This is exactly what I'm going thru right now...exact same symptoms, and it hit me pretty quick. I just took my temp and it's only 99.6...but I keep getting hot/cold.
I'm glad you are feeling better...I'm in bed right now drinking lots of water..will make some soup later and just hope I get to feeling better quick.
[edit on 9-5-2009 by notcrazyinaustin]
A lower than normal body temperature is a sign of a bacterial infection. This flu virus has some unique genetics which effect the way the immune system reacts to it. Starting some preventive antibiotics might be a good idea.
This is strange and may be a key to the way this flu has such a devastating effect on some people. It might be interacting with the thyroid, lower than normal temperature is a sign of thyroid malfunction, kidney failure and systematic failure. Make sure you are hydrated.
Another thought that comes to mind is that a lot of flu viruses are unable to make the jump into humans because our body temperature is lower than the animals which host the virus. H5N1 was unable to survive in a body cooler than a birds until a mutation enabled it to survive at 98.6. I see a few possibilities:
1. The virus is attacking the thyroid system, kidneys, etc and lowering the temperature as a result.
2. The immune system is lowering your temperature in an effort to combat the virus (the virus will mutate to adapt to this if that is the case).
3. The virus is lowering your body temp because it was designed to. This mechanism may explain how it creates the secondary pneumonia. Also, by short circuiting the defensive fever the immune system uses to try and kill an invader it may be preserving itself.
If you are up to it and well hydrated you might want to try raising your body temperature while monitoring it to make sure you don't endanger yourself. An electric blanket or hot bath should work. Try and raise your temp to normal or a bit higher, if you set off a fever make sure it doesn't go above 101 or so. See if you start to feel better within a few hours.
Originally posted by MimiG
I think you have a great idea taking the pulse of the people on ATS to see how many believe they have had the H1N1.
Let me be the first to say myself and my 4 family members all had what I believe to be H1N1 in the beginning of April here in Northern California.
In April, a report by the AFL-CIO and several unions, including the United American Nurses (UAN), revealed that health care workers are at risk because many of the nation’s health care facilities are not prepared to deal with a pandemic. The committee’s chairman, Rep. George Miller, also said anther recent survey of nearly 200,000 U.S. health care workers found that
57 percent of these workers had not been provided training on pandemic flu. More than half of these workers felt that their facility was not “ready for most things” that could arise in a flu pandemic. And only 33 percent thought that most health care workers would report to work during an actual flu pandemic.
Projections expect 253,000 people to die in California
alone, and 10,713,000 people are expected to
fall ill in that state.