Skip to comments.How Does the Flu Actually Kill People?
Posted on 12/19/2017 7:38:13 PM PST by MtnClimber
One Sunday in November 20-year-old Alani Murrieta of Phoenix began to feel sick and left work early. She had no preexisting medical conditions but her health declined at a frighteningly rapid pace, as detailed by her family and friends in local media and on BuzzFeed News. The next day she went to an urgent care clinic, where she was diagnosed with the flu and prescribed the antiviral medication Tamiflu. But by Tuesday morning she was having trouble breathing and was spitting up blood. Her family took her to the hospital, where x-rays revealed pneumonia: inflammation in the lungs that can be caused by a viral or bacterial infection, or both. Doctors gave Murrieta intravenous antibiotics and were transferring her to the intensive care unit when her heart stopped; they resuscitated her but her heart stopped again. At 3:25 P.M. on Tuesday, November 28one day after being diagnosed with the fluMurrieta was declared dead.
Worldwide, the flu results in three million to five million cases of severe illness and 291,000 to 646,000 deaths annually, according to the World Health Organization and the U.S. Centers for Disease Control and Prevention; the totals vary greatly from one year to the next. .........
How does the flu kill? The short and morbid answer is that in most cases the body kills itself by trying to heal itself. Dying from the flu is not like dying from a bullet or a black widow spider bite, says Amesh Adalja, an infectious disease physician at the Johns Hopkins University Center for Health Security. The presence of the virus itself isn't going to be what kills you. An infectious disease always has a complex interaction with its host.
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I have had the flu so many times in my life that statistically I should be dead.
Who knows what really happened to this poor girl? She may have had bacterial pneumonia and sepsis which were either misdiagnosed or not yet apparent when she saw Urgent Care. When I first saw this story, I thought it was a stretch to say she died from the flu, but I guess it’s possible.
The real reason for the article is revealed in the last line:
“The most effective way to prevent the flu and its many potentially lethal complications is to get vaccinated.”
Follow the money.
In 1918 the young and strong got sick in the morning and died by night
Their own strong immune system killed them
Take vitamins D3, which is a hormone. It strengthens you against flu.
As each hemisphere moves into winter, reducing sun exposure and natural vitamin d supplementation, flu breaks out.
One of my kids just had some surgery. The nurses must have asked 10 times if he had the flu shot. When he said no, they asked if he wanted it. No.
My wife just noted tonight that she read that he’s not to get any vaccine without doctors permission and shouldn’t be with people who recently got flu shot, yet the hospital was all over getting him his flu shot.
“I have a solution”
There is nothing wrong / abnormal with me.
“I can find a problem to fix.”
Hammers in search of a nail. Follow the money is right.
Not everything can be fixed and not everything needs to be. Tell me please why the clinical norms keep getting ever more stringent?
D3 is an unsung beneficial necessity so far as I am concerned. Finally the medical community is recognizing and measuring concentrations with labs. Sometimes you still have to ask for it and monitor it yourself. In poultry science the benefits are long recognized and well researched.
Constant and prolonged, your muscles wear out and things break...sturnum, ribs and your back. The body wears out and the cough wins.
D3 is a great idea.
For the flu it’s best to not take aspirin, ibuprofen, or acetaminophen as those bring the fever down.
Having a fever keeps the virus from replicating, and in turn reduces the subsequent complications due to the cytokine storm.
This was not the flu. You only get intravenous antibiotics if you have a bacterial infection. She probably got a blood infection that spread to her heart and lungs.
Apparently you have never gone above 105.
No, not all fevers are OK. Getting too hot is very bad, maybe indicative of a losing battle. And relieving some of the symptoms is not bad.
I had a bout of serious pneumonia this past summer. I had been hospitalized for several days for cellulitis, a skin infection that settled in my right leg. After several days of IV antibiotics in the hospital I was discharged, but quickly I developed shortness of breath and high fever. I was diagnosed with pneumonia of unknown origin and was admitted again and pumped full of a full spectrum of IV antibiotics. I have never been so sick and had trouble breathing as well as high fever. Fortunately I responded to the antibiotics, but my doctor was quite frank and said I could easily have died if the antibiotics had not been effective.
One word: ZINC
The flu weakened immune system is overwhelmed by a bacterial infection. read the article.
the protocols at hospitals require the nursing staff to ask every patient every day whether they want the flu shot. I kid you not.
“D3 is a great idea.”
Yes, when taken with K2.
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