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Doctor insights on: H1n1 Virus

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Is the threat of the h1n1 virus a hoax?

Is the threat of the h1n1 virus a hoax?

No!: Absolutely not. Many people died from h1n1. The pandemic may not have been as bad as some people predicted, but imagine if it had been the other way around--a katrina-like catastrophe that we weren't prepared for. It's funny that people are quick to blame scientists and the government for being both over-prepared and under-prepared! ...Read more

Virus (Definition)

A virus is a small infectious agent that can replicate only inside the living cells of an organism. Viruses can infect all types of organisms, from animals and plants ...Read more


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What are the symptoms of the h1n1 virus yet?

What are the symptoms of the h1n1 virus yet?

Flu: H1n1 causes same symptoms as any other type of flu, i.e. Fever, body aches, cough etc. See this site for more info. http://www.cdc.gov/h1n1flu/sick.htm. ...Read more

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How do I know if my child has the h1n1 virus?

How do I know if my child has the h1n1 virus?

Can be tested: State health departments and specialty labs can often find the specific type of a flu swab sample. Quick office tests are designed to confirm flu(a or b) but do not identify the strain. Although serious for some, the h1n1 strain had a lower case fatality rate than the seasonal flu. Flu vaccines for the past & present season protect against it. ...Read more

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How long does it take to recover from h1n1 virus after been hospitalize for 1month and staying home for another month?

How long does it take to recover from h1n1 virus after been hospitalize for 1month and staying home for another month?

Influenza: Since influenza (regardless of the serotype) seldom results in prolonged hospitalization in and by itself it is difficult to predict recovery time. You must have had some severe complications to result in this clinical course of illness, and without knowing your entire medical record, predicting duration is impossible. Good luck and hope you are better soon. ...Read more

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Does the h1n1 virus affect the chances of getting the regular flu?

Yes, but mostly No.: H1n1 (swine) flu is a different virus than the regular flu. The only link tetween the two is, if you get one, which weakens your immune system, then it is easier to get the other, but you have to be exposed to a person that has it. It can happen. ...Read more

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How do I know if I have the h1n1 virus ( swine flu )?

How do I know if I have the h1n1 virus ( swine flu )?

You don't: Unless have sophisticated testing available in your area. Generally can diagnose influenza, but not necessarily the particular strain in circulation. Sometimes the epidemiology services in your area are collecting such data and they may measure this. ...Read more

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Will alcohol based sanitizer kill h1n1 virus?

Yes and no: Technically a virus cannot be killed since it is not alive to begin with. It is more like a container with a program that inserts itself into a living cell and takes it over, leading to reproduction of the virus and infection of other cells. To prevent h1n1 - hand-washing and alcohol based sanitizers are recommended. Alcohol should be at least 60% content in the sanitizer. Prevention is the key. ...Read more

Swine Flu (Definition)

It is the flu caused ...Read more