survivy: Buckets of rain and thunder this afternoon. Hope the areas on fire got some.
Sept 17, 2019 20:30:53 GMT 10
Ausprep: Still raining quite heavily here in the Hunter Valley. Great to see. Has topped up my 5000L tank and i just switched the pump off so it will stay full until we need it.
Sept 17, 2019 21:47:41 GMT 10
survivy: Good news, Ausprep
Sept 17, 2019 23:17:51 GMT 10
Ausprep: Morning members. Great to see the rain sticking around, good fall recorded in some areas.
Sept 18, 2019 8:04:31 GMT 10
With the early and deadly start to the Winter Influenza season I thought it would be a good idea to start up a seperate thread to keep an eye on it. Where we can post the latest news and info coming out!
Influenza, or 'the flu', is a highly contagious respiratory illness. It's a common cause of hospitalisation and leads to thousands more GP visits every year. Many people die annually from complications of the flu in Australia. While you can catch the flu at any time, it's more likely to happen in the colder months of the year (April to October). The flu season typically peaks in August.
Usually, the virus is spread through the air from coughs or sneezes. This is believed to occur mostly over relatively short distances. It can also be spread by touching surfaces contaminated by the virus and then touching the mouth or eyes. A person may be infectious to others both before and during the time they are showing symptoms.
Yearly vaccinations against influenza are recommended by the World Health Organization for those at high risk. Keeping good personal hygiene like washing hands frequently etc is also a good way of avoiding the virus.
In 2017 there were 1255 deaths in Australia due to Influenza. The 2017 influenza season was the worst since the 2009 swine flu pandemic. Due to a quiet 2018 season, community immunity has dropped which has probably caused more people to be vulnerable to the virus, catching and transmitting the infection.
Having trouble finding list of deaths from influenza so far this year (between 100 and 150 deaths) but the amount of laboratory confirmed cases this year is sitting at a staggering 60000.
From experience and what health care providers in my family have said, plus the trend I see across the center of the map in post #1, it is a typical flu season.
A belt of land either side of the equator, to include most of Asia, to India and other countries near there. Except for mountains, mostly temperate climate. You can see a trend of the spread to the rest of the world.
I'm told a lot of this is isolation of groups of people, lack of immunization, lack of tolerance to germs from generations of non exposure and no immunization all fuels the likely hood to come down with an upper respiratory danger.
A big portion of the local cases will be people with Asian heritage or exposure to Asians. This sounds not politically correct, but 2 + 2 always makes 4.
The farther north you go, the more things that can and will eat you and your horse. Grandpa Gilbert Keep your stick on the ice. Red Green
Maybe other parts of the world its a regular flu season but here in Australia its anything but regular. The amount of hospital admissions due to flu is higher then the last two years. There are talks of cancelling elective surgery due to the hospitals being overrun due to Influenza like admissions.
Its definitely showing a lot more cases then the past couple of years, which means it's going to be quite a severe Flu season. Thats unless the Flu season is peaking very early. Usually the peak sits around August.
Post by twooldblueshoes on Jun 30, 2019 15:36:51 GMT 10
Ive come down with a virus that feels like flu. Edit: apparently it isn't actually the flu and i don't know whether to be happy because "i'm fine" even though i still feel totally awful and have been sick for two weeks so far
Ugh. being run down in flu season is a BAD idea - if you are feeling really tired, rest and stay home, take it easy and give your body every chance you can. Keep up the fluids and multivitamins whether you are sick or well, not being run down will give you the best shot at fighting it off before it becomes a problem if you do happen to get it
Hopefully you are all smarter than me and manage not to get it ...
Post by twooldblueshoes on Jun 30, 2019 15:45:39 GMT 10
I just realised something.
We got notified about a case of flu at the kids' school.
It seems to take a few days to confirm a diagnosis from a swab - which means there was a 3 or 4 day minimum delay between someone at school getting sick, then going to the Dr, then finding out it was flu days later, then notifying everyone- by which stage it has probably spread into the community already.
Flu is bad sure, but I can't help thinking if this was a really deadly one we would have caught it before realising it had reached us. I knew flu was a bad risk in early April - should we have pulled our kids out of school for six months to try and avoid it? Most people would say that's a disproportionate response, but how bad does a virus have to be before crazy measures like that become justified? Homeschooling is looking more attractive by the week!
Shows 23606 notified influenza cases (the true number will be higher- kids, siblings, parents who don't bother to see a GP) some whooping cough (pertussis) ... but interestingly, zero chickenpox in the last four weeks? Also some cases of malaria and chikagunya. If they were really contagious we'd be in trouble
Pandemic is the most likely to occur event that would impact me. (Financial crisis doesn't bother me).
I've been finalising preps to allow myself and my immediate family group to quarantine ourselves quite comfortably at the retreat for an extended period (working on 12 months without needing to leave the property). A few more items to buy, like a grain mill, sat phone and more dehydrated meat (just in case the fresh meat on site doesn't play ball).
Hey Frosty, in the event of something like this happening, how far would you go from your property? For example, for security patrols. Would you maybe restrict how far out you and your group would move about? Or are you pretty out there that you wouldn't worry about people dropping by uninvited.