Friday, November 13, 2009

HOW DO THEY KNOW?


At Rouken Glen Park
Originally uploaded by PhylB
I've been reading with curiosity in the media about the latest swine flu figures for Scotland. Apparently last week 21,500 people are estimated to have caught the virus in Scotland up from 17,500 the week before. Unless you are hospitalized or you die, to my knowledge no one is actually tested and if you go onto the NHS website you are told not to contact your GP unless you are in a high risk group so where are they getting these figures from?
When you check the NHS symptoms page you are told:
If you or a member of your family has a fever or high temperature (over 38°C/100.4°F) and two or more of the following symptoms, you may have swine flu:

* unusual tiredness,
* headache,
* runny nose,
* sore throat,
* shortness of breath or cough,
* loss of appetite,
* aching muscles,
* diarrhoea or vomiting.

So, given all four of my kids have been sick for the best part of a week, all with the necessary temperature, tiredness, cough and loss of appetite, the two biggies also with headaches, the three youngest with runny noses and the two middle ones with diarrhoea, am I to conclude they all may have it, or as I suspect, they all have a bad cold?
It seems to me no one can count real swine flu cases and these guidelines could cover all viral infections so no one is any the wiser.

3 comments:

Sebastian said...

God bedring med dem alle sammen.

Trine said...

Funny. We just talked to a doctor (my sister-in-law) and she said that if the nose is running, it isn't swineflu.

But then again - you have to treat all of these colds/flus/etc. exactly the same, so what's the difference?

I'll stick with the headache for now and Ellen enjoys the loss of appetite, fever and coughing.

Phyl said...

I guess if we follow these guidelines my kids must have had swine flu 3 times a year since they were born!