Friday, August 07, 2009

Panic Sets In: My First Swine Flu Phone Call

SOURCE: CDC- The H1N1 Virus

I think I mentioned I do medical research. Well, basically, in a nutshell, this means I have dropped my mobile number in almost every district of the Greater Accra Region in connection with some research study or another. A couple of minutes ago I got a phone-call from a frantic young man in Madina saying I came to his school some years ago. Really? Did I? My phone number was on a flyer he saved so I must have. It is comforting to know that the flyer was not used to wrap roasted plantain or something. The poor young man sounded very perturbed and asked me for the Swine Flu/H1N1 symptoms. So I have decided to get the symptoms handy on my blog. Well, it was really a comment by fellow blogger Nana Fredua-Agyeman that prompted me first!

According to the US Centers for Disease Control (CDC):


The symptoms of swine flu in people are expected to be similar to the symptoms of regular human seasonal influenza and include fever, lethargy, lack of appetite and coughing. Some people with swine flu also have reported runny nose, sore throat, nausea, vomiting and diarrhea.

I explained to the young man that if you have some of these symptoms it does not necessarily mean that you have H1N1. Also, if you have most or all of the symptoms it would be a good idea to just swing on by your nearest health centre/hospital. Towards the end of the conversation, the young man seemed reassured. He told me that he does not have any fever. I told him to call back anytime. Oh No...what have I just done?

4 comments:

novisi said...

Abena, on a 'heavier' note:

is it a symptom to feel like 'no kiss' on the lips?

or is is a symptom to feel like 'no domerdo' again?

and please don't answer yes cos there's a pork-show on the 'morrow'!

cheers!

B.O.N.T.I said...

@novisi it means no kiss on the lips and you can still do pork-show... but dont eat all...save some 4 me

Abena said...

Hahaha! Nice one Novisi...enjoy your domerdo and kissing people without fever and symptoms :)

Abena said...

@Bonti: where there is meat of all kinds you are bound to be there my friend!