VERY Worrisome (PLEASE READ!)

This is something that you really do need to keep your eyes on, especially if you have a chronic illness: There is a new version of the Swine Flu in Mexico, Texas, and California.

This isn’t just your usual late season flu outbreak. The cases in California and the cases in Mexico are genetically similar, but the cases in Mexico seem to be much worse. The Centers for Disease Control (CDC) is on alert; the World Health Organization (WHO) is getting involved, and President Obama has been alerted to the situation.

If you’ve ever read Stephen King’s short story Night Surf, the hair on the back of your neck just stood up. Is this the big one? The end of everything? I’m not a doctor and I don’t know… but the people who do know are worried. Thankfully, these “superbugs” tend to burn themselves out pretty quickly; I hope that is what will happen here.

But if you have a chronic illness, you need to take extra precautions. With my bad heart, illnesses take their toll and chest colds really knock me for a loop. I often have to sleep in the recliner for a few nights because I’m too congested to breathe while lying down. And a “average” flu is like a chest cold on steroids with a bad attitude! So wash your hands, leave the area if someone is coughing or sneezing, or even wear a mask if feel that you need to.

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