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JCC The Great Australian Flu of 2018 Thread

Discussion in 'Community' started by DANNASUK, Jan 2, 2018.

  1. DANNASUK

    DANNASUK Force Ghost star 7

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    So, some folk in Ireland and the United Kingdom have died of this Aussie flu. Death and gloom is among one of the favourite topics at JCC, that I thought we'd discuss this outbreak together.

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    I had my flu jab last month, so the warm arms of death have to wait awhile before I embrace them.
     
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  2. Juliet316

    Juliet316 JCC Game Winner star 10 VIP - Game Winner

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  3. Darth Punk

    Darth Punk Force Ghost star 6

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    Do you have...
    • a sudden fever – a temperature of 38C or above.
    • aching body.
    • feeling tired or exhausted.
    • dry, chesty cough.
    • sore throat.
    • headache.
    • difficulty sleeping.
    • loss of appetite.
    Then, like me, you've had too much booze and drugs this New Years
     
  4. Rylo Ken

    Rylo Ken Jedi Grand Master star 5

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    Spanish influenza killed maybe 2.7% of the world's population in 1918. That's a lot though a tiny fraction of the world population killed by the Black Death in the 1340s and 50s. A flu that could kill 50 million today would be killing .7% of the population. To do an equivalent amount of damage the flu would need to kill 189 million people worldwide.

    Another interesting question would be: what kind of prevalence would it take to overwhelm the healthcare delivery systems of developed countries? It wouldn't have to be all that deadly to do it, but the prevalence might have to be pretty high. And the inability to get inadequate healthcare because of overwhelming the system might drive up the death rate a bit.
     
  5. Point Given

    Point Given Manager Emeritus star 6 VIP - Former Mod/RSA

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    Don't get too excited Ken
     
  6. Rylo Ken

    Rylo Ken Jedi Grand Master star 5

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    that was my point. Nothing to get excited about. Even the worst strains of flu are treatable with modern medicine, so unless you can completely overwhelm the healthcare delivery infrastructure through sheer numbers of cases, you're not going to generate many deaths in developed countries.
     
  7. Point Given

    Point Given Manager Emeritus star 6 VIP - Former Mod/RSA

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    I like you and all Ken and think you're very funny, but sometimes I wonder about your barely repressed glee about the hypothetical deaths of a wide swath of non white people, even if it's meant to be facetious.
     
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  8. Rylo Ken

    Rylo Ken Jedi Grand Master star 5

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    So you agree or disagree with the idea that the flu is not going to be able to kill large numbers of people in the developed world?
     
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  9. Point Given

    Point Given Manager Emeritus star 6 VIP - Former Mod/RSA

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    In theory a flu of such scale would do so, though I am unsure if this strain would be the one to do it.
     
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  10. Rylo Ken

    Rylo Ken Jedi Grand Master star 5

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    It's a lot different from say the recent cholera epidemic in Yemen (war torn and with inadequate healthcare infrastructure) and the ebola epidemic on the west coast of Africa (fast-spreading, high death rate, extremely difficult to treat safely without adequate equipment/infrastructure).
     
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  11. DANNASUK

    DANNASUK Force Ghost star 7

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    "The Sinister Flu" is what the Daily Express are calling Australian flu.
     
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  12. darth_gersh

    darth_gersh Jedi Grand Master star 6

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    I don't have time for such nonsense as the flu.
     
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  13. Rylo Ken

    Rylo Ken Jedi Grand Master star 5

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    I find it's easy to get confused by all the hemagglutinin and neuraminidase subtypes. So many! Nobody knew influenza could be so complicated. Sick!
     
  14. VadersLaMent

    VadersLaMent Chosen One star 10

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    Between this and the jellyfish that country should be abandoned.
     
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  15. Ender Sai

    Ender Sai Chosen One star 10

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    Arguably just out of spite for Kensington, Hammersmith, Putney or Shepherds Bush.
     
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  16. heels1785

    heels1785 JCC/PT/New Films Manager star 7 Staff Member Manager

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    can the sinister flu be used to end meandering discussions about hollywood superhero casting
     
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  17. Master_Rebado

    Master_Rebado Chosen One star 6

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    This has nothing on Man-Flu.
     
  18. Ender Sai

    Ender Sai Chosen One star 10

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    Have you had both?
     
  19. Artoo-Dion

    Artoo-Dion Manager Emeritus star 6 VIP - Former Mod/RSA

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    I've seen completely healthy adults flat-out on their backs for days with this thing. Beware of Australians with sinister coughs.
     
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  20. Ender Sai

    Ender Sai Chosen One star 10

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    (Also, actual coughs and not just Australian working class accents (aka Strayan). They sound similar but are different.)
     
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  21. moreorless12

    moreorless12 Jedi Master star 4

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    I'v had a few family members go down with it and one as far as pneumonia(fully recovered now), hopefully my seemingly high immunity to respiratory illness keeps up.
     
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  22. Ender Sai

    Ender Sai Chosen One star 10

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    Feels like you're just making excuses for the squad that "turned up" (but didn't turn up) to the Ashes this year.
     
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  23. JediYvette

    JediYvette Pacific RSA emeritus star 7 VIP - Former Mod/RSA

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    The heck?? The Sinister Flu of 2017 just wrapped up and I thought I could FINALLY take the baby out in public. IS IT BACK or did it never leave???
     
  24. Ender Sai

    Ender Sai Chosen One star 10

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    It's a UK thing. Like falling apart in test cricket or good manners.
     
  25. JediYvette

    JediYvette Pacific RSA emeritus star 7 VIP - Former Mod/RSA

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    Ohhh that is okay then.

    I still am a little worried I'll fail the citizenship exam (if they ever look at my application.... 6 months and counting!) because I mix up all the cricket stuff.