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How many people do you know who are sick? (Vanity)
Vanity | Feb. 18, 2011 | piytar

Posted on 02/17/2011 10:46:39 PM PST by piytar

So how many people do you know who are sick with the latest round of cough/flu? And have been for weeks, if not months? About a third of my friends and family are. I was, but I catch just about everything - and then recover quickly thanks to an overactive immune system (which has problems of its own).

So let's go conspiracy theory here: Are we in the middle of a bio attack? After all, I cannot remember when this many people I know spread around the US and two continents were sick the same way this long. But decades of vaccinations - with antibody factors that may be passed down generationally - may be providing a defense.

So what happens when this bug goes global? Oh, wait, it has - it's just not being reported well.

Thoughts?


TOPICS: Miscellaneous; Science; Weird Stuff
KEYWORDS: cough; flu; persistentcough; vaccines
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1 posted on 02/17/2011 10:46:43 PM PST by piytar
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To: piytar

Me - two weeks. Almost everyone I know has been sick over the past few weeks. Lingering cough for those who have “recovered”.


2 posted on 02/17/2011 10:51:30 PM PST by nolongerademocrat ("Before you ask G-d for something, first thank G-d for what you already have." B'rachot 30b)
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To: piytar

I’ve had a bitch of a cough since Thanksgiving...my wife almost as long.

I’m a smoker, but I’ve never had one this long. More people than usual at work have coughs.

I was thinking I’ve maybe got whooping cough.

I don’t take flu shots.


3 posted on 02/17/2011 10:57:45 PM PST by occamrzr06
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To: piytar

me. one week nearly. i am never sick. had my flu shot too. just about everyone i know has had this thing!


4 posted on 02/17/2011 10:58:37 PM PST by GOP Poet (Obama is an OLYMPIC failure.)
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To: piytar

I had it from Thanksgiving weekend through mid-January. I’ve never coughed so much in my life.


5 posted on 02/17/2011 10:59:16 PM PST by Huntress ("Politicians exploit economic illiteracy." --Walter Williams)
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To: nolongerademocrat

The son of a good friend of mine had one of the few CDC confirmed cases of swine flu. (He pulled through fine.) Pretty sure I got it from him. I was sick about a day, then was just fine.

This bug got me for three days. NOTHING gets me for three days. And I still have an occassional cough and some viral (clear vs green bacterial) snot.

This isn’t normal.


6 posted on 02/17/2011 10:59:16 PM PST by piytar (Obastard is a use of the term "bastard" in the literal sense -- Obama is hiding his daddy's identity)
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To: nolongerademocrat; All

Two friends living in the same house, but eating in different places both got a severe attack of the runs. Anything like that going around? Mid-Atlantic region.


7 posted on 02/17/2011 11:00:06 PM PST by gleeaikin
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To: piytar

I agree. Hopefully they made a weak batch and we’ll just develop an immunity for the next one.


8 posted on 02/17/2011 11:00:45 PM PST by nolongerademocrat ("Before you ask G-d for something, first thank G-d for what you already have." B'rachot 30b)
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To: piytar

This is my box of Kleenex. There are many like it but this one is mine.

9 posted on 02/17/2011 11:01:12 PM PST by Liberty Valance (Keep a simple manner for a happy life :o)
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To: piytar

I teach and coach, and no I am not a member of any damn union. I have had players and students out with the flu. No conspiracy here. My son, who is in the same school where I teach had the flu shot and he is healthy as a horse. It is the flu. Just thank the Lord that it is not the same strain that we had in 1917-1918.


10 posted on 02/17/2011 11:01:30 PM PST by aliquando (A Scout is T, L, H, F, C, K, O, C, T, B, C, and R.)
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To: gleeaikin

I live in the South and lots of people are still talking about Corexit and the Gulf Oil Spill. I wonder if this is related.


11 posted on 02/17/2011 11:02:04 PM PST by nolongerademocrat ("Before you ask G-d for something, first thank G-d for what you already have." B'rachot 30b)
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To: gleeaikin

No personal experience with an abnormal stomach bug. One bad handshake, touched doorknob or fork, etc can spread a stomach bug between housemates.

This is a respiratory bug. Almost certainly airborne.


12 posted on 02/17/2011 11:04:46 PM PST by piytar (Obastard is a use of the term "bastard" in the literal sense -- Obama is hiding his daddy's identity)
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To: piytar
Been sick since Thanksgiving, doctor put me on antibiotic sinus nebulizer just the other day. Wife has a horrible cough going on three weeks for her.
13 posted on 02/17/2011 11:06:09 PM PST by StayoutdaBushesWay (We danced around with Borealice. We're space truckin' round the the stars.)
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To: piytar

I’ve had an irritating cough....but, I think it’s the new kitten! On the other had...lots of people around me keep getting sick...but, it IS flu season...take your Vitamin D3 folks!!!


14 posted on 02/17/2011 11:06:59 PM PST by goodnesswins (I'm not a great man....I just believe in great ideas! Ronald Reagan)
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To: StayoutdaBushesWay
Been sick since Thanksgiving

What did your doc say you've got?

15 posted on 02/17/2011 11:07:43 PM PST by occamrzr06
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To: piytar
I had it & my 8 year old grandson had it, started out like a headcold, he had the awful greenies, lasted about 3 weeks, but now I still have the cough, so about 5 weeks for me. Yes, the cough lingers & the awful drainage down the back of the throat!

Talked to a friend from southern Illinois & she said she is at 5 weeks with it, calling it more of a sinus infection but she also is tired & weak from it.

My chiropractor told me she has patients who have had it 6 weeks or more and on different meds, none have helped much.

16 posted on 02/17/2011 11:07:47 PM PST by blondee123
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To: piytar

Everyone I know has been sick with this thing. It’s over two weeks you are ill. You think you are better, then you suddenly relapse. The relapse hits as hard as the first wave, in some cases harder.

It seems to be marked by a cough or bronchitis. Some people have huge amounts of phlegm. It also seems very virulent - races like wildfire. You can stop over someone’s house, walk right back out the door, and it seems in a few days you’ve got it.

I know someone who it hit so hard the first day he ended up unconcious on the floor. They had to call 911. Young kid.


17 posted on 02/17/2011 11:08:47 PM PST by I still care (I miss my friends, bagels, and the NYC skyline - but not the taxes. I love the South.)
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To: aliquando

To be blunt, I think it is a WORSE strain of the 1917-1918 bug. But the “science” reporters focus on how the germs evolve or are engineered. They ignore that we’re the most evolved life form on the planet, which by definition means our immune system evolves faster, and the “evil” vaccine companies do a decent job of staying ahead of the flu.

Also, even if you weren’t immunized, carriers around you were, which would degrade the pathogen. Or your immune system is just stronger.

Either by man or by nature, there’s someting NASTY in the air...


18 posted on 02/17/2011 11:16:08 PM PST by piytar (Obastard is a use of the term "bastard" in the literal sense -- Obama is hiding his daddy's identity)
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To: piytar

Everybody started getting sick about the same time the birds started dropping dead — about two weeks before the USDA admitted it had dumped some stuff into the clouds to kill the birds.


19 posted on 02/17/2011 11:20:32 PM PST by meadsjn (Sarah 2012, or sooner)
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To: piytar
I got the flu (confirmed by test) about 4 weeks ago.

Temperature was 104 at one point and I was out of work for 5 days even after taking tami-flu right away.

This was the worst case of flu ever and I catch it almost every year due to (probably) the 2 "crumb-crunchers" running around here at home. One would think a simple yearly shot would be in order yet I continue to resist.

As for the conspiracy theory - in the height of my symptoms and being heavily medicated, I assumed that my wife was poisoning me but the bio-attack you mention is plausible.

Or it could be that I just have small children at home and also fly for work frequently - how can anybody really be sure? :)

20 posted on 02/17/2011 11:23:26 PM PST by voteNRA (A citizenry armed with rifles simply cannot be tyrannized)
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To: I still care

Many of the things you say match the 1917-18 Spanish flu. But people aren’t dying en masse. And people like me with an over-reactive immune system would be dead by now in 1917-18. (The Spanish flu was particulrly deadly to demographics with strong immune systems - the immune response was fatal.)

So there are some similarities, but some very important differences.

Still, the similarities are worriesome, at least to me...


21 posted on 02/17/2011 11:24:10 PM PST by piytar (Obastard is a use of the term "bastard" in the literal sense -- Obama is hiding his daddy's identity)
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To: Liberty Valance
"This is my box of Kleenex. There are many like it but this one is mine."

LOL! - that was me a few weeks ago

22 posted on 02/17/2011 11:27:17 PM PST by voteNRA (A citizenry armed with rifles simply cannot be tyrannized)
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To: piytar
Sounds like Barry had better speed up the implementation of Obamacare. Looks like we need it more than ever. /s
23 posted on 02/17/2011 11:31:00 PM PST by Kickass Conservative (They bring a Bible to a Memorial, we bring a T Shirt - Long Legged Mac Daddy)
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To: piytar

One of my customers went to the Doc in January, as she had been ill and had the lingering cough. He said around the office they were calling it the “90-day cough.” Just some FYI to the posters who were talking about coughing since Thanksgiving...you’ve got about another week to go.


24 posted on 02/17/2011 11:32:08 PM PST by garandgal
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To: piytar

Almost zero are sick where I live outside of Portland, OR, and that includes my kids and their classmates in elementary school. Classes have been 90% or more full all year.

Knocking on wood...


25 posted on 02/17/2011 11:44:56 PM PST by Carling (Obama: Inexperienced and incompetent, yet ego maniacal. God help us all.)
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To: Carling

I’m in Salem...it’s likely heading your way!!! <:)


26 posted on 02/17/2011 11:48:42 PM PST by goodnesswins (I'm not a great man....I just believe in great ideas! Ronald Reagan)
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To: I still care
Everyone I know has been sick with this thing. It’s over two weeks you are ill. You think you are better, then you suddenly relapse. The relapse hits as hard as the first wave, in some cases harder.

It seems to be marked by a cough or bronchitis. Some people have huge amounts of phlegm.

That's what happen to me.

I was sick all of December then I was OK during January and then I got hit hard the last week of January. Took entire week off work. First time I called off sick in 5 years.

Took some antibiotics and now I'm just about back to normal. Knock on wood.
27 posted on 02/17/2011 11:51:22 PM PST by Ticonderoga34 (Free Obama's Birth Certificate!)
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To: meadsjn

Hmm-Hmm. Chemtrails kind-r make me nervous. Hmm-hmm.


28 posted on 02/18/2011 12:45:12 AM PST by golux
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To: piytar

My two 20something both caught it. The oldest is still horse after three weeks. Fever, chills - yuck.


29 posted on 02/18/2011 12:50:52 AM PST by VeniVidiVici (Only two things come from Texas and I see you're wearing an "I Heart Austin" t-shirt)
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To: piytar

Hawaii Big Island. Epidemic of either: gastro-illness like food poisoning (but it isn’t) lasting a few days - but much more prevalent is the 3-6 week cough. I had it 5 weeks and it is the worst one of my adult life (I’m 59).


30 posted on 02/18/2011 12:51:18 AM PST by jobim
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To: meadsjn

Seriously, I’ve been thinking the same thing. I”ve been coughing since then with excessive green phlegm. Now it is coming out my eyes and they are red and burning. On my third round of antibiotics and its not getting better but worse. I’ve passed out 3 times and am so tired I can hardlly move. And how I envy the poster with the box of Kleenex. I’m on my 12th! Just about everyone I know is coughing. If they are trying to kill us off, they don’t have far to go with me.


31 posted on 02/18/2011 12:59:43 AM PST by trustandobey (GOD BLESS AMERICA AGAIN!)
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To: piytar

Yes, I’m sure of it.


32 posted on 02/18/2011 1:38:04 AM PST by stuartcr (Everything happens as God wants it to...otherwise, things would be different)
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To: stuartcr

I know everyone in this house has essentially had it and half the people at work. THe lingering heaviness in my lungs and clear nasal discharge tells me it is still lingering. Although I wonder if this new enrichment media we use at my lab has something to do with the lingering.

I have seen worse outbreaks around here though where they have closed schools etc, which is strange. it could be similar to the Spanish Flu in that it strikes fairly healthy people and stays away from seniors and the young.


33 posted on 02/18/2011 1:46:30 AM PST by aft_lizard (Barack Obama is Hugo Chavez's poodle.)
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To: piytar

In Pennsylvania here. My husband had a cold, seemed to subside about 2 weeks ago. Came home yesterday, practically crawled in the door, felt achey from head to toe, he said everything hurt. 99.9 temperature, went to bed early. Left for work today a few minutes ago, didn’t seem up to snuff but said he was okay, I’m doubtful. Will see how he is this afternoon.

My sister in Tennessee and husband, and some grown kids all had it. She mentioned the green phlegm.

I cannot get sick, I care for my mother who lives with us, she has COPD & emphysema, not doing well, the flu would surely put her in the hospital or worse.


34 posted on 02/18/2011 1:56:57 AM PST by tina07 (In loving memory of my father,WWII Vet. CBI 10/16/42-12/17/45, d. 11/1/85 -Happy B'day Daddy 2/20/23)
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To: nolongerademocrat

Obama’s CDC ‘released’ the virus to show us we need their health care.


35 posted on 02/18/2011 1:58:00 AM PST by Gaffer
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To: gleeaikin
South Mississippi - all kinds of intestinal bugs running around along with all the other stuff described in this thread. I've had some form of "something" and not felt 100% for several months and I have plenty of company.

It seems that the past couple years have seen a lot more stuff running around. I can't remember a period in my 58 years that had so many forms of illness running around, for such an extended period, as the last few years.

36 posted on 02/18/2011 2:00:29 AM PST by trebb ("If a man will not work, he should not eat" From 2 Thes 3)
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To: Gaffer

That wouldn’t surprise me.


37 posted on 02/18/2011 2:27:11 AM PST by nolongerademocrat ("Before you ask G-d for something, first thank G-d for what you already have." B'rachot 30b)
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To: I still care
It’s over two weeks you are ill. You think you are better, then you suddenly relapse. The relapse hits as hard as the first wave, in some cases harder. It seems to be marked by a cough or bronchitis. Some people have huge amounts of phlegm.

Yup. Had it before Christmas and lasted 3 weeks. Then DH had it. Then I got it again. Produced my body weight in snot I think. Went the doctor the second time for AB and also hit the Vit D extra hard and it went away pretty quickly.

Doc said I probably never got over the first one - bug just went quiet, mutated again and came back for another round.

38 posted on 02/18/2011 2:34:01 AM PST by meowmeow (In Loving Memory of Our Dear Viking Kitty (1987-2006))
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To: piytar

Got mine on New Years Eve at friend’s house. He had a new puppy which I played with. Washed my hands (perhaps not well enough), then ate. Got a sore throat almost instantly. The next day, developed a cough that lasted to Feb 8 or so. Late in Jan, the wife got hit badly - 2 days off work (which hasn’t happened in 10 years - and a 102 fever. Her’s only lasted a week, but, as with mine, it was severe coughing. The owner of my radio show gave me a cough drop yesterday - as I’m guessing he’s tired of hearing me clear my throat chokes. Ha! Anyway, 6 plus weeks? This is beyond weird.


39 posted on 02/18/2011 3:00:44 AM PST by LittleBillyInfidel (This tagline has been formatted to fit the screen. Some content has been edited.)
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To: scan59

ping


40 posted on 02/18/2011 3:09:54 AM PST by babyfreep
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To: piytar

My thoughts are that you are paranoid and using you limited local information to extrapolate over a much larger area.

I live in the Midwest and I haven’t seen any kind of increase in coughing or flu. I haven’t had a flu shot in about 5 years and am doing great. I also have two kids who go to school and are living at home and they haven’t gotten anything. My wife works in a school, and she hasn’t gotten anything. I know of no one that has officially gotten the flu. One worker was out for two days and has a lingering cough, but that is not uncommon in the midwest.

Although, yesterday a number of schools shut down due to massive call ins of teachers being sick. I guess they had to go to Madistan to see a doctor. ( ;


41 posted on 02/18/2011 3:11:30 AM PST by ScubieNuc
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Grand son had a flu shot and then a couple of months later got the flu anyway.

He’s almost over it and I’m in the relapse stage and almost over it. Its hit me hard only these last three days.


42 posted on 02/18/2011 3:29:16 AM PST by thatjoeguy (Wind is just air, but pushier.)
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Yes, my hubby has been seeing a pulmonologist because of a horrible cough that he’s had for months! He’s had a chest x-ray, and just yesterday a breathing test. Thank goodness the Dr. told him yesterday that his lungs are fine, and the cough is from either allergies or gerd, for which he has medication, and so the dr. increased dosage. But that cough is unbelievable — high-pitched, shrill, and LOUD!


43 posted on 02/18/2011 3:37:18 AM PST by EnquiringMind
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To: piytar

An aunt has been ill with an infection but nothing like what’s being desctibed here. I haven’t had anything worse than a hangover since October, 2009 when I came down with a cold/flu bug that had me down for ten days. A sneeze here, a cough there, that’s about it.


44 posted on 02/18/2011 3:41:54 AM PST by equaviator ("There's a (datum) plane on the horizon coming in...see it?")
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To: piytar

“Either by man or by nature, there’s someting NASTY in the air...”

It’s most likey a natural phenomenon. I’ve heard about pollen alerts in Central FL...some kind of oak tree’s pollen and possibly other tree/plant species in warmer climates of the US’s lower 48 states.


45 posted on 02/18/2011 3:45:53 AM PST by equaviator ("There's a (datum) plane on the horizon coming in...see it?")
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To: piytar
I am so healthy, I could hit this.


46 posted on 02/18/2011 3:49:05 AM PST by Lazamataz (If Illegal Aliens are Undocumented Workers, then Thieves are Undocumented Shoppers.)
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To: Gaffer
Obama’s CDC ‘released’ the virus to show us we need their health care.

Dude. I hope yer joking. I know these people and 1) They would not be (in ANY way) implementing Obamacare, and 2) Are not the sort of people who would comply with this. Someone would go to the media.

47 posted on 02/18/2011 3:52:00 AM PST by Lazamataz (If Illegal Aliens are Undocumented Workers, then Thieves are Undocumented Shoppers.)
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To: piytar

Whatever it is, it’s really nasty. I didn’t realize so many people have it.

I’ve been sick for well over 4 weeks now. Can’t remember ever having such a terrible cold or whatever it is. It’s an upper respiratory illness. No fever, but severe sore throat, sinus infection, and a terrible cough. I finally went to the doctor who put me on augmentin, which seems to have helped a bit.

The sore throat has been so bad that the only thing I can tolerate is crushed ice. I’ve been eating lots of ice cream and lemon ice.

Also, I have zero energy and everything I do is a real effort.

It’s going away, but very slowly. No one else in my house has it.


48 posted on 02/18/2011 3:57:48 AM PST by SamiGirl
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To: goodnesswins
...take your Vitamin D3 folks!!!

How many complaining about these symptoms on this thread take Vitamin D3?

49 posted on 02/18/2011 4:00:57 AM PST by who knows what evil? (G-d saved more animals than people on the ark...www.siameserescue.org.)
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To: piytar

Had a bout in December...and now I got it again.


50 posted on 02/18/2011 4:01:09 AM PST by Dallas59 (President Robert Gibbs 2009-2011)
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