Overkill on New Flu
I waste a lot of time on the Hawaii forums on Trip Advisor. Now there's a big commotion over the new virus that originated in China. People are getting hysterical about traveling to Hawaii -- not just *travel*, which I can understand. As far as I can tell, this virus is news because it's NEW to the spectrum of flu viruses -- not any worse, just new. I do not see a rationale that would focus on Hawaii -- or your local Chinatown either. (That area of Chicago is suddenly devoid of visitors.)
It appears to me that, given the limited information we have about this particular strain, it's half as deadly as our normal flu.
Word-of-mouth in my home town is that mostly younger people with 'normal flu' have run (102F) fevers with severe body aches. A common refrain is, "Even my *eyes* hurt." Tamiflu has brought some relief, and no one I know has been hospitalized. Fourteen thousand Americans have died of this normal flu since the beginning of flu season in October -- out of 250,000 diagnosed with it.
DH and I both had what sounds similar to this in late December 2016. Since I'm mostly hearing about this affecting young people, maybe older peoplewe have some acquired immunity? Neither of us tested positive for a 'known strain of flu' back then, but, oh boy, were we miserable! We'd had flu shots then and have them every autumn.