The scariest thing about swine flu is that no one is quite sure how dangerous it is. The regular flu we get commonly here in the US can be deadly. It takes lives every year. Although we've just had the first reported death here in the US it is too early to tell if this strain of the flu will be as deadly as the flu we are used to having around here.
According to the Center for Disease Control, here are the stats on the normal flu:
- 5% to 20% of the population gets the flu;
- more than 200,000 people are hospitalized from flu-related complications; and
- about 36,000 people die from flu-related causes.
I'm not joining any of the hysteria that is taking over in some parts of the country just yet. Too much is unknown, and I am not exactly in the segment of the population that is high risk for complications from the flu.
Since I have a young child, I've been taking the following precautions that are recommended for everyone to take:
- limiting exposure to sick people
- frequent hand washing
- coughing into sleeve or kleenex instead of hands
- limiting our exposure to people with weak immune systems (since we could have the virus but not be showing signs, yet)
- closely monitoring our symptoms since we've been sick