F is for…..’Flu

14th September 2020

Short for influenza. Influenza and out flew entro. Well, enza means ‘without’ in Italian and entro means within, according to Google translate. Or possibly even ‘giant’ according to babynamespedia.

But the word is from Latin meaning ‘In flowing’, from fluvium meaning ‘river’ and ‘in’ meaning, well, ‘in’. Obviously.

What are the symptoms? Well the CDC website lists the following:

Flu Symptoms

Influenza (flu) can cause mild to severe illness, and at times can lead to death. Flu is different from a cold. Flu usually comes on suddenly. People who have flu often feel some or all of these symptoms:

    • fever* or feeling feverish/chills
    • cough
    • sore throat
    • runny or stuffy nose
    • muscle or body aches
    • headaches
    • fatigue (tiredness)
    • some people may have vomiting and diarrhea, though this is more common in children than adults.

*It’s important to note that not everyone with flu will have a fever.

 Here’s the link which also gives a useful comparison between cold and ‘flu.

https://www.cdc.gov/flu/symptoms/symptoms.htm

What about Covid 19, the current issue? Again from the CDC w=website.

People with COVID-19 have had a wide range of symptoms reported – ranging from mild symptoms to severe illness. Symptoms may appear 2-14 days after exposure to the virus. People with these symptoms may have COVID-19:

    • Fever or chills
    • Cough
    • Shortness of breath or difficulty breathing
    • Fatigue
    • Muscle or body aches
    • Headache
    • New loss of taste or smell
    • Sore throat
    • Congestion or runny nose
    • Nausea or vomiting
    • Diarrhea

This list does not include all possible symptoms. CDC will continue to update this list as we learn more about COVID-19.

Well, this was updated 13th May 2020, so no change since it seems.

So apart from loss of taste and smell, there seems to be no difference. It seems reasonable to say we have shut down the world for a case of the ‘flu, which some people can’t smell or taste, as it were.

Personally, I think it smells fishy to me, the whole thing. I will be presenting my statistical findings comparing ‘flu and Covid elsewhere, no doubt in S is for…..Statistics in due course.

Indeed, not just fishy, but the whole planet has gone mad, or cuckoo, over Covid 19. The Chinese have been blamed for it – ‘Wuhan ‘flu’ it is sometimes called. Reminds me of that film with Jack Nicholson ‘One flew over the cuckoo’s nest’.

Deeply disturbing, from what little I have seen of it or read about it. I compare it to today. In the case of the film, the lunatics were in the asylum, and the (relatively ) sane outside. Now the roles seem reversed. At least the world has gone bonkers, and I suspect the ones inside are more sane.

Whether that is the case I don’t know. I assume such institutions have been shut up with limited access, like the care homes.

So I am suggesting a new film be made, called ‘Wuhan ‘flu over the nest of cuckoos’. It can be a docudrama in which we all play a part (if we survive the current outbreak of stupidity of course).

It could be crowd funded (assuming crowds are allowed) and we can have a people’s vote on who (should that be WHO?) will take the lead roles.

I will end with a favourite joke of mine. There was a man who was out on day release from the local mental asylum. He walked past a cottage where he saw the owner in the garden. He asked ‘What are you doing? ‘Putting manure on my rhubarb.’ the owner replied.

‘Oh,’ said the man, ‘We put custard on ours’.

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P.S   For those who would like a song to cheer themselves up, I have ‘A small thing, but my own’ under Songs called ‘I got ‘flu babe’. Here’s the link.
‘I got ‘flu babe’

P.P.S. If you would like to know more about Covid 19 see Covid 19 Summary