How are you preparing for this round of Influenza Outbreak?
INFLUENZA A H1N1. Many would be intimidated by the mere mention of this virus by its full name. Flu sounds a lot softer, less threatening, maybe cute even. “I’ve cought a flu…”, “Oh, you poor thing, get well soon. By the way, tomorrow you are coming to work, aren’t you?”. Tell somebody that you’ve contracted an INFLUENZA A H1N1 virus and see how they all go heebie jeebies.
Fever, common cold, flu, these terms are being thrown around interchangeably by common folks describing conditions involving rising body temperature, sometimes with shiver, coughing, sore throat, runny nose, sneezing or aching in parts of the body. In actuality, fever just explains a situation when one’s body temperature is above the normal range. Surely both common cold and flu can cause fever. As the matter of fact, the common cold and flu are both contagious viral infections of the respiratory tract carrying somewhat similar symptoms, except that flu is considerably worse.
The specific kind of virus separate cold and flu from each other. Common cold is commonly caused by rhinovirus or allergens, while flu viruses are from distinct types known as Influenza A, Influenza B, and Influenza C. The thing with flu is that the fever can run into higher level, above 40oC, which can be dangerous and it can come abruptly, extending for longer periods compared to common cold. Thus it is more important for patients with flu to be monitored closely every few hours in a day.
The recent news of Influenza A outbreak went viral (ugh) sending many people into panic mode. If anything else worth worrying about other than the disease itself that’s spreading like the Australian wildfire, it’s the offshoot of misinformation emerging like floating ashes, engulfing and suffocating. As normal citizens without any medical qualification, confusion might arise leading to people steaming with overreactions and using bad judgements.
Influenza is indeed contagious but rarely fatal. As reported by this recent article from The Star (Thursday, 09 Jan 2020);
Earlier on (08 Jan 2020
So how does this development impact you? As a society at large, an outbreak of certain disease will cause a sudden downswing on the overall productivity graph as the human resource that’s powering the growth is on a temporary limp. It’s the closure of schools, parents on E.L caring for their infected child, overcrowded hospitals, public events getting cancelled, and many will be off work by being directly infected themselves, all these add up to stir some disturbances in the normal day to day activities.
It may not always have be the severity of the illness itself that is the main concern, but when it impacts a large group of people, the result could be even more detrimental. So, be super vigilant about this epidermic, yet don’t be too anxious over it that you might be susceptible to random misleading bits of ideas and personal opinions. Take the advice from authorities to better protect yourself against the calamity.
At Life Engineering Program, we pride ourselves having the capability of providing an alternative mean for the community to get high coverage for medical protection with very low commitment. As of January 2020, we have had two cases involving sickness from Influenza virus. Both were hospitalized and came out better with their hospital bills taken cared of.
These are the details of both cases taken from the Life Engineering app;
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