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xtinak · 28/12/2019 17:19

So I commented this on another thread but it's kind of freaky and I'd really like to know if anyone knows more!

So I've been in the hospital with my DD this afternoon as she's not so well. The nurse practitioner told us that there has been a change in what they've seen with viruses this year. She said it's a new development that they are seeing more children through their doors unwell with multiple viruses at a time and that the viruses are increasingly resistant to high temperatures. I didn't ask about this she just told us. She seemed concerned about it and now I am too.

I've been googling to find out more but without any success. Has anyone else heard this? Can you shed any light?


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Milsplus3 · 28/12/2019 17:28

Antibiotics stop working or don’t work for new/certain types of viruses and we have to build up our immune system to it all over again so it gets stronger as it spreads
Poor hygiene
People not staying home from work/school until they’re well again
Friend is a gp and predicts it every year, we’re just not generally a healthy country imo


SurferRona · 28/12/2019 17:30

Antibiotics do not work on viruses @milsplus3 Xmas Hmm


StonedRoses · 28/12/2019 17:30

I don’t think antibiotics have ever worked for viruses. Something to do with their action being on bacteria.
It’s winter, there’s lots of viruses going round. Happens every year


TwinsTrollsandHunz · 28/12/2019 17:31

@Milsplus3, antibiotics have never worked for viruses. They are used to kill bacterial infections not viruses Smile


NegroniOnIce · 28/12/2019 17:31

Sounds like a funny sort of thing for a nurse to day Confused


NegroniOnIce · 28/12/2019 17:32

To say. Not to day. That would be nonsensical Grin


BlaueLagune · 28/12/2019 17:32

But bacterial infections often result from viruses - eg pneumonia from what was just a cold. So antibiotic resistance is relevant.


StonedRoses · 28/12/2019 17:32

And forgive me if I’m wrong but I think vaccinations reduce infections. Kind of the point of them


roseapothecary · 28/12/2019 17:34

@milsplus3 antibiotics don't work for viruses at all. They are for bacterial infections. And vaccinations decrease the number of viral infections Hmm


xtinak · 28/12/2019 17:37

@NegroniOnIce agree, quite a strange thing to say. I didn't ask. She just offered this.

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FredaFrogspawn · 28/12/2019 17:37

I think there will be a superbug which decimates at some point in the future - I don’t see how it can be avoided. Not much point in worrying about it though.


Leflic · 28/12/2019 17:39

Probably more people taking their children to the doctors. Added awareness makes parents more likely to get stuff checked out rather than just medicate at home.


AfterSchoolWorry · 28/12/2019 17:40

We'll just have to get a super phage !


Mustbetimeforachange · 28/12/2019 17:40

It's just a nurse talking nonsense!


Cornettoninja · 28/12/2019 17:40

Viruses are just doing what they’ve always done I would think; evolving, new ones popping up etc.

Don’t forget modern medicine (antibiotics, vaccines, hygiene practices) are barely a blip in the timeline of humanity and the advances that have been made within the last 100 years have been incredible in speed and achievements. I think we’re just not as used to severe illnesses that very little can be done about as our grandparents probably were.

Conspiracy alternative - the melting polar caps are releasing deadly viruses from the Jurassic era and a zombie apocalypse is on the horizon.


PlanDeRaccordement · 28/12/2019 17:40

I would not worry. It’s just one nurse, in one hospital. It is probably just that locality’s turn to have a bit of an outbreak. I highly doubt that there is a nation or global wide increase in viral infections.


xtinak · 28/12/2019 17:42

@Cornettoninja well that conspiracy alternative is what I feared! Grin

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DeathByPuppy · 28/12/2019 17:42

Your GP friend isn’t some kind of seer, Milplus3, it is common knowledge that as a population we experience more viral epidemics in cold weather, ‘flu season’, norovirus etc. Hospitals have suffered for years from ‘winter pressures’ with seasonal illnesses a major contributing factor.


xtinak · 28/12/2019 17:43

@Mustbetimeforachange possibly!

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Shookethtothecore · 28/12/2019 17:43

My dd was in hospital with Bronchiolitis. She was very ill with it in high dependency for 5 days. The nurses said it is very common and happens every year, but this year it seemed really bad- she blamed the mild weather 🤷🏼‍♀️


Cornettoninja · 28/12/2019 17:43

@FredaFrogspawn I think experts agree with you. We’re long over due a flu epidemic.

The last one was 1918 and killed millions.


Cryingoverspilttea · 28/12/2019 17:45

Ds has been in hospital three times in 4 months with different viruses. He's not immuno supressed, asthmatic or anything else. We couldn't get his temp down below 39.5 each time. The staff have said they have never seen such an influx like this year where they're struggling to treat whatever the viruses are as they're (fevers) just not breaking and they're concerned it needs to be seen more as a national health crisis. DS's recent fever just took 9 days to break and he's still poorly now, hovering around 37.9° when he usualpy runs at 36.7. He's thankfully just not still 40-41°c poorly.


xtinak · 28/12/2019 17:52

@Cryingoverspilttea Sorry your DS has been so poorly. That really does sound like the phenomenon the nurse was describing to me.

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Merryoldgoat · 28/12/2019 17:55

I only have anecdotal stuff, but I haven’t been as ill as I have been this year in adulthood - I took a full week off work which is unheard of for me.

My younger boy was hospitalised with wheezing, the older had to go to A&E on Xmas Eve and he’s still bad. We’ve all had fevers of nearly 40 and coughs like old smokers.

Whatever is going round it’s truly nasty.


Milsplus3 · 28/12/2019 18:01

Wow some people need to chill I was talking about Illness in general not viruses alone, and the lack of vaccinating causing it to continue not by having them, added in my friend mentioning illnesses increasing to reassure OP it’s normal for it to happen this time of year, sorry I’ll explain myself fully in the queens proper english next time Hmm

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