Waking up with the flu season knocking


Himitsu Keisatsu (Vocaloid) illust by 宙@リヴァエレぷりん on Pixiv (ID:768986)

Waking up with a sore throat is the worst of signs — usually a sign of the start of the spread of sickness. But in fact this infection began probably days ago, it has simply taken that long for the cells in your throat to actually begin dying and thus hurting. I watched it in a video though, so don’t quote me on that. ;)

It could have begun anywhere - someone sneezing in the lift, sending particles zipping through the air which you inadvertently breathed in, and this took root in your throat over the past few days. It’s a scary thought, and now that I think about it, more than likely that a colleague from work was the cause for my own current sore throat. This is why you call in sick if you’re not feeling well, it’s not ‘chucking a sickie’ if you are sick!

An article about tracking the spread of flu based on Wikipedia hits appeared in the Sydney Morning Herald a couple of weeks ago, which makes a lot of sense when you think about it:

The research, published in PLOS Computational Biology on Friday, found the Wikipedia-based model estimated flu levels up to two weeks sooner than data from the Centres for Disease Control and Prevention became available. The Wikipedia-based model was also more accurate at estimating the timing of peak flu activity than Google Flu Trends, a service developed by the internet search giant that draws on Google search queries.

With winter and the ‘flu-season’ coming up, more and more people are getting sick, and people like me are searching up various remedies in order to either try to halt this infection at the source or to, well, make themselves feel better, I suppose. I for one was looking at various throat lozenges earlier today, discussing them over with Ruben, and then looking up how to make a saline mixture.

Unfortunately for me, I can’t take most cold and flu medicines due to an allergy, so being sick is really quite awful. Of course, most of these cold and flu medicines work WONDERS on me, if I want to be covered in itchy rashes afterwards. I suppose it depends on the importance of what I need to be doing, for example when I was sick around my Trial HSC in 2009. As simple as 1000mg is enough to trigger my allergy — it makes you really feel for those that have peanut or other food allergies.

For the moment, I think I will attempt to don a face mask in the next few days, essentially effecting a more Japanese look on myself in an attempt to not infect too many more people. It would seem that even if you’re completely healthy though, wearing a face mask is a great option as it stops you from breathing these germs in in the first place. Even though you look rather silly.

Himitsu Keisatsu illust by 宙@リヴァエレぷりん, on Pixiv.