Not long ago, I posted about the 1918 flu pandemic. Whole cities enacted laws about wearing surgical masks. Schools and courts shut down. Large areas of daily life changed radically.
Some interesting facts:
1. It seemed to strike the young and healthy (that is, not just really old and really young people).
2. It seemed to come in the spring, then come back in a much deadlier form the following winter.
So… let’s talk about the new outbreak of swine flu in Mexico and Texas.
This article mentions the surprising facts that:
1. The outbreak seems to be affecting the young and healthy.
2. It’s hitting in warm places, where they’d have expected the flu season to be over by now.
2. (Unlike in the past) it doesn’t seem to be limited to people who actually handle swine.
I usually don’t get nervous about stuff like this, but reading about the 1918 outbreak might have made me sweat a little more than usual.
[On a lighter note, the site I link to quotes an infectious diseases guy saying that flu spreading in the summer would give his organization heartburn. And the site puts the word “heartburn” into a hyperlink going to a page with information about heartburn.]