Date posted: February 11, 2012

Dr  A  Laxminarayana Rao MBBS,  DO MS,  MS

Our TV, including the doctors appearing on it – have created a wrong impression about swine flu.  It is a new virus.  There is no treatment for it.  [There is no treatment for common cold either].  [Scientifically, cure means summary disposal of the causative organism.  E.g. TB can be cured, so can Leprosy be.

But common cold can’t be cured – the medicines we give address only the symptoms of cold – not the disease proper.]  Like other flu-s, H1N1 also runs its course of a week or 2.  It is self-limiting.  It dies on its own.  [Unless our energetic doctors use antibiotics etc]

Its symptoms too are just like common flu in 99.5% of cases – fever, headache, body ache, weakness, running nose, vomiting and/or diarrhea. All one has to do is to stay away from doctors and/or hospitals,  do tepid sponging and/or Metacin tabs – only if temp goes over 102 or 104 [ depending on ones physical health], [ our body raises its temperature for the express purpose of killing the viruses],  Take plenty of water, vegetables n fruits, keep oneself as clean as possible.

In 0.5% of cases, swine flu can cause acute respiratory distress syndrome. [Not unlike SARS]   There is no way of telling who will get it or why.  There is no way of preventing it too.  There is no point in going to a doctor or dispensary.  The moment one has breathing problem, the moment his nails or skin turn bluish, he has to go immediately to a tertiary care hospital – which has ventilators and full fledged pulmonary care facilities.  Death is certain without a ventilator.

Does it look scary?
  Not really.  The chances of one dying due to swine flu are less than that due to a bolt from the blue or a king cobra bite.  W.H.O says nearly 1/3 of Indian population will get H1N1 infection in a matter of few months.  Its prediction of death toll for India, in worst case scenario, is not more than 3000!  [So the disease to death ratio becomes 300000:1]

A health worker quipped the other day – “A few hundreds died due to H1N1, and everybody is walking around with a stupid mask on their face,   a few millions have died due to aids – but no one wears a condom!

And that mask is useless, viruses travel in micro-aerosols which can easily pass through.  Only a respirator [n95 masks] can prevent viral spread.

And just because virus has entered ones system – it doesn’t mean that he will develop flu.  Even if a confirmed H1N1 patient breathes directly down the throats of some 100,000 people, not even a 100 of them may develop flu.

Many doctors have claimed on the TV that if the patient is diagnosed and treated early and energetically – they can save his life.  It is bullshit.  There is no early treatment and there is no energetic treatment.  No treatment is needed unless the patient develops respiratory problems – and when he does develop – no treatment may be enough.  A ventilator and intensive pulmonary care in the best equipped hospital is the only hope.

It looks ridiculous to see people, with their stupid masks, lined up outside dispensaries and middle-level hospitals..  There is no viricidal drug.  Even Tamiflu [Oseltamivir], at its best, can reduce the course of the disease by a day or two – nothing more..  Even the latest drug, Relenza [Zanamivir] – which is used as an inhaler- is only marginally better.

What we can do then?
Keep our natural immunity high. How?
Vegetables, fruits and exercise.  Drink enough water to flush out the toxins from our system.  Stay a safe distance from doctors and dispensaries!  [Nothing better than your sweet home as far as all these self-limiting seasonal viral episodes are concerned]  Maintain high standards of personal hygiene.

In fact we need to bathe more frequently when we run temperature. [It will bring down the need for metacin/ paracetamol]   Take special care of those who are vulnerable – children, elderly, immuno-compromised and having concurrent ailments.

Dr  A  Laxminarayana Rao MBBS;  DOMS;  MS:
Consultant Ophthalmic Surgeon,
Koyili Hospital, Cannanore -670004. Kerala State. INDIA.
Email : Mob :+914972704371


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