Sri Lanka is having a really bad case of H1N1
swine flu that has killed 24 people so far. I’m wondering why more people aren’t worried about this. I’ve heard of a young mother being killed not much older than me, and the sickness has claimed 8 pregnant women so far. In my office, two people have the flu and one was hospitalized. It’s actually pretty scary.
The outbreak of H1N1 in 1918 (the Spanish Flu) killed 50 to 100 million people worldwide (!). It nearly decimated the world, reducing global population by 3-5%. We now have way better supportive care for stuff like the flu (basically intravenous fluids and monitoring as far as I know) but it can still kill quite dramatically. This recent outbreak (if it’s the same one) killed over 1,000 people in India and it’s outpacing itself in Sri Lanka.
AFAIK, this sort of thing should be treated like dengue, which I think everyone in Sri Lanka has some familiarity with. If you have chills, fever, sore throat and pain for a long time see a doctor. Problem is what constitutes a long time. They say the recommended isolation time is 5 days, but if you’re pregnant or feeling especially weak, you need to see a doctor as soon as possible. It’s honestly hard to say. I know people younger and stronger than me that have ended up hospitalized, so it’s worrying for everyone.
Stay safe, wash your hands, and be careful. It’s rough out there.