Tuesday, January 10, 2006

Flu in the Face of Convention
"In the winter, we spend more time inside in close contact with other people, and so viral illnesses spread more easily. Bottom line, that is the main reason for the large scale winter phenomenon..." -Tom Wilson, MD PhD

This being-indoors-causes-flu-in-the-winter theory seems to be the most popular explanation of seasonal (winter) flu outbreaks and, until about an hour ago, I accepted it as fact.

Then I saw today's Flu Map from the CDC.



While looking at this map, keep in mind that it's 34F in Bangor right now and 70F in Phoenix.

According to the indoors-causes-flu theory, there should be a whole lot of flu activity in Bangor and very little in Phoenix. That’s because, as the theory goes, cold weather (34F) has the people of Bangor indoors passing around the flu virus while the Phoenicians are outside playing golf in the nice weather (70F).

This isn’t what the Flu Map shows.

Instead, this weeks flu activity is the opposite of the flu activity predicted by the indoors-causes-flu theory: Widespread in Arizona and only Sporatic in Maine.

This, of course, tells me absolutely nothing about how the flu is really spread- but I do know that it has very little to do with being indoors.

2 Comments:

Blogger 'Thought & Humor' said...

.
There is a time for everything,
a season for every activity
under heaven. A time to be
born and a time to die. A
time to plant and a time to
harvest. A time to kill and
a time to heal. A time to
tear down and a time to
rebuild. A time to cry and
a time to laugh. A time to
grieve and a time to dance.
A time to scatter stones
and a time to gather stones.
A time to embrace and a
time to turn away. A time to
search and a time to lose.
A time to keep and a time to
throw away. A time to tear
and a time to mend. A time
to be quiet and a time to
speak up. A time to love
and a time to hate. A time
for war and a time for peace.

May this be
your time to laugh,
embrace & receive
personal peace,
Dr. Howdy

9:59 PM  
Blogger AberrantEquation said...

Uh... what?

7:54 PM  

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