What’s the truth about the flu virus?
Wired – 11/10/15 10:30:48The flu is not really the biggest threat facing our planet.
According to the World Health Organisation, it is in fact a symptom of global warming, not a new virus.
However, the World Economic Forum recently published an article stating that the virus is causing more death and disability than any other infectious disease.
The report is based on the work of Dr Andrew Horton, the lead researcher at the WHO’s flu programme, and Dr. David Bamber, from the University of East Anglia.
Horton and Bamber have released a new paper entitled Flu: The Facts, the Feds Are Wrong, and What You Need to Know.
Their findings are based on more than 60,000 patient records, which they have analyzed for the virus.
Hercules research found that people who contracted the flu within the past 12 months were almost twice as likely to die of the virus as people who had not contracted the virus before.
People who had been diagnosed with influenza were three times as likely as those who did not to die from the virus by the end of December.
Hertz says the findings, which are based only on the data he and his team collected from the hospitals and health authorities in England and Wales, could be wrong.
He notes that the data also does not provide the full picture, such as whether the number of people being vaccinated or not is an important factor.
Hence, his analysis did not take into account people’s likelihood of becoming infected and the likelihood of spreading the virus to others.
Herculis: How do I know if I’m sick?
How do I stay safe?
It is impossible to say how many people are infected and how many of them have died, says Dr Bamber.
For that, you need to know whether they have symptoms or not.
If you don’t know, you should see a doctor immediately.
But that can be a daunting task.
The NHS is the best place to get medical advice, he adds.
Hermules research also showed that people with a history of the flu or who had recently been exposed to it were less likely to be infected with the virus if they had previously been vaccinated.
But if you’re in the first wave, or if you haven’t been vaccinated, the virus can be transmitted to you, he says.
If you’re not vaccinated, you are at greater risk.
Herrculis has also shown that a person with a mild or moderate flu virus infection has a better chance of surviving and recovering from the flu.
Hernias research found the chance of survival for people who received influenza vaccines, which includes the flu shot, was nearly two-thirds lower than it was for those who received the vaccine without vaccines.
“It is very important to remember that people are not the only ones affected by the flu,” says Dr Hernias.
“In fact, the most common risk factors for a flu attack are other people, and a number of other factors are also involved.”
It’s not the flu that is causing the spike in deaths, but the flu vaccine.
The US National Institutes of Health (NIH) released a report in February showing that the flu has increased by about 10% in the US since it began in 2014.
“If you look at what we have seen, there is no cause for alarm,” says the director of the NIH’s Influenza Vaccine Research Centre Dr Peter J. Huizinga.
“We are seeing very, very strong evidence that the vaccines are working.”
Dr Huizingas co-ordinator of the CDC’s Influences Program, Dr Jonathan Giesbrecht, agrees.
He says the US data show that the vaccine is doing its job, even though some have questions.
“There is some evidence that some people are doing better, and others have not,” he says, “but it’s hard to know how to quantify that.
The evidence is still strong.”
However, he warns that the new US data “is not strong enough” to draw definitive conclusions about whether the flu is the culprit.
Hervias co-author Dr Andrew M. Hernjas findings also show that it is not the vaccine that is responsible.
The CDC also released a study showing that people in the flu zone were at increased risk of contracting pneumonia than people living in the middle of the US.
According to the CDC, the flu season is now running from November through March, with most people experiencing the flu from March through October.
Hersculis points out that the CDC data shows that the peak of the pandemic coincides with the flu peak.
It was during this time, however, that the spread of the cold and flu was at its peak.
Hesculis says it is a pity that people cannot get vaccinated.
“We cannot go back to where we were before the pandemics, which is when there were many people who were vaccinated, who were protected, and who were