Physicians from the CDC (Centers for Disease Control and Prevention) warn us that this particular flu strain is distinctly severe.
The proportion of all deaths in the United States last week caused by pneumonia and influenza reached 7.3 percent, above the epidemic threshold of 7.2 percent, the U.S. Centers for Disease Control and Prevention said on Friday.
So naturally you’ve had an ear-full of scientific jargon surrounding this flu virus, its corresponding vaccine (H3N2), the shortage of said vaccines and of course, Tamiflu. Not to mention the debate about whether or not stocking up on Tamiflu is even worth it.
So, while we wholeheartedly believe in arming yourself with insight into what has now turned the corner into an all-out epidemic, we decided that what we ultimately wanted to do was remind you of ways in which to stay out of the whole thing altogether.
Germ-laden locations to steer clear of for a while
- Grocery store (Just say ‘NO’ to shopping carts, for now.)
- Playgrounds (Ew.)
- Public restrooms (Hands are still dirty during the initial phase of faucet operation.)
- Offices (You need a day off.)
- Libraries (Really? Just get it online people.)
- Cruise ships (This one’s easy for those of us who customarily drain their cruise budget on food and shelter.)
Ready?? Break! Let’s wash our hands of this nasty ol’ flu bug!
Seriously though, let’s really wash our hands… at home, or with sanitizer. A lot.