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What Is The Main Difference Between Swine Flu And Sars
Viral type: The sars illness was caused by a coronavirus and "swine flu" is the influenza subtype h1n1. Both result in a severe pneumonia and can result in mutliple organ failure leading to death. The mortality rate of sars was much higher than the pandemic h1n1, as was the propensity to spread via the air.See 1 more doctor answer
Yes: Healthcare providers take risks everyday to take care of patients with potentially lethal diseases. We take precautions, especially when dealing with communicable diseases, but acquiring a serious disease comes with the territory.See 1 more doctor answer
What to do if I have to do this leaflet for years 1+2 about diseases, like sars and swine flu. How are they transmitted?
Leaflet: If asked to do a leaflet about a medical topic that is not in an area of yoru expertise, it would be wise to consult an authoritative source like the CDC website for information. The CDC does a good job in making medical information available in a way that everyone can understand it.
If you are on call: You are on call. In fact, during an outbreak many physicians may have a duty to report to various hospitals and simply stay on. Pulmonologists, intensivists, and infectious disease physicians all expect to deal with potentially deadly infections, and take precautions. As a caveat, I took care of 28 patients in the h1n1 outbreak that were confirmed positive.See 1 more doctor answer
Less severe: As of now swine flu is difficult to transmit to humans, therefore is less of a direct health threat, at present unless one has prolonged exposure to pigs. The virus has some biological similarities to a flu virus that caused a very deadly flu pandemic in 1918 which killed 50 million people. The fear is a mutation in the swine flu virus could enable it to more easily infect humans, as in 1918.See 1 more doctor answer
Not bad: The swine flu 2 years ago (2009) was quite bad at first but, given the rapid development of a vaccine, infection control, and aggressive treatment, it came under control nicely. This year (2011-12) the influenza outbreak has been mild to date (december 27). There are no current sars or bird flu outbreaks in north america.See 1 more doctor answer
SARS vs influenza: Both of these viral infections are bad news- SARS is worse, since there's no good antiviral treatment or vaccine-whereas at least flu has antiviral medication and a vaccine that can help tremendously. SARS is a corona virus (looks like a little crown under an electron microscope). Flu is an orthomyxovirus. Good hygiene practices go a long way in preventing these diseases. Luckily no SARS right now
Seasonal v swine flu: Swine flu typically presents with rapid onset (3 to 5 hours) with a fever (, > 100°), chills, headache, severe aches and pain, fatigue, nasal congestion, sneezing, sore throat, coughing, diarrhea and possibly vomiting. Seasonal flu usually presents over several days with a high fever (102-104°); with severe muscle aches & pains, exhaustion, non-productive cough with nasal congestion, sneezing, >.
Yes: This is the best I have seen to help differentiate: http://www. Newmilfordschools. Org/gibbs/nurse/cold_flu_swine_flu. Pdf.
No big difference: Every year a different strain of influenza predominates. Some years it is called swine flu because it is thought to originate from pigs. Other strains may originate with birds. In any year there are more than one strain, so if you get the flu, there is no way to know whether it is the 'swine' variety or another.
See below: This is the best I have seen to help differentiate: http://www. Newmilfordschools. Org/gibbs/nurse/cold_flu_swine_flu. Pdf.
Symptoms: A cold comes on gradually while flu onset is aburpt and sudden. Flu symptoms can be reduced if treated early (less than 72 hrs fro onset) with a drug like tamiflu (oseltamivir). A cold runs its course but you can take symptomatic drugs like theraflu. If you are takign drugs for blod pressure, etc, contact your physician before takign over the counter cold meds.
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