to ask again about what's going on with viruses?
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?
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
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
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.
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.
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.
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
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