posted on Jun, 24 2009 @ 03:26 AM
I was terribly sad to hear of the child's passing, as well- and yes- he is one of many children who die everyday of starvation, AIDS, malaria, etc.,
but this thread is about flu- and I thought it was relevant to the topic.
I understand how the worldwide flu deaths seem "low", relative to the many diseases that exist in all peoples- they are, indeed, tragedies.
I posted the thread as it shows that the strain is either global in its mutated form; increasing in virulence (or both), and is now taking on the
patterns of the 1918 outbreak. I am reading many more reports of someone waking up well, and falling ill and dying in 24-36 hours-children, teens,
young adults, elderly, etc.. To me, the sad death of the young child in Canada, in addition to the other cases occuring throughout the world that
mimic this pattern give reason for alarm. NOT hysteria- but a mobilization on the parts of the governments, clinics, CDC, WHO- all of us- to raise
our level of vigilance. A case like this makes it easy to become UNEASY about feeling a little sick- like you're catching a cold- and wondering how
long you should wait to monitor your symptoms. It's going to mean more people who AREN'T sick with flu in the ERs, and more strain on the
clinicians who try to treat the real flu cases and prevent deaths. "Voluntary" nurses and doctors are being called in all over the US and UK due to
increased hospitalizations. Many of the people who have died in the US (who have been ill for more than a day or two) have been on ventilators, in
ICU. ICU units aren't that big- nor are intensivists thick on the ground anywhere- espescially in developing countries- but even at Northwestern or
Mass General or Cedars-Sinai.
Buenos Aires hospitals are cancelling elective or non-emergency surgeries due to the need for beds in their hospitals from H1N1, with escalating death
rates; deaths are beginning to be reported in the Phillipines, Australia, other South American Countries- as well as in the N. Hemisphere countries.
And they are happening more and more quickly. My overall point is that the modality of the outbreak is changing- and if we don't recognize that,
we're no better off than we were 100 years ago.
PS- thank you for correcting my geographic thread title. I knew the case was in Ottowa, but read "Quebec" as I was typing- my error- and thank you
for the correction. If anyone can tell me how to edit the title, I'd be grateful.