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2022-10-22 12:03:46 PM  
"There are approximately 1,000 students absent with flu-like/gastrointestinal symptoms at Stafford High School..."

That sounds more like Norovirus. And it's slightly "early" in flu season. I had to travel by air for work last week, and had both my flu shot and bivalent COVID booster last month, but I normally wait until about October 1 to do my flu shot.
 
2022-10-22 12:18:01 PM  
Let me guess: It's the first week of hunting season and a bunch of high schoolers have been called out sick with "the flu?"
 
2022-10-22 12:33:51 PM  
Yes, subby, everyone knows flu shots are 100% effective. Especially against new variants.

How's your cave today?
 
2022-10-22 12:34:31 PM  

Unobtanium: "There are approximately 1,000 students absent with flu-like/gastrointestinal symptoms at Stafford High School..."

That sounds more like Norovirus. And it's slightly "early" in flu season. I had to travel by air for work last week, and had both my flu shot and bivalent COVID booster last month, but I normally wait until about October 1 to do my flu shot.


From my general area of the world.

https://www.wkyt.com/2022/10/21/doctors-urge-flu-shots-after-large-spike-montgomery-county/

While two weeks ago, the state was reporting just 42 cases, last week, the Montgomery County Health Department reported more than 160 positive flu cases. (Note this county has less than 30k people)
 
2022-10-22 12:51:56 PM  
It'd be a really bad time to use that love potion.
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2022-10-22 12:58:09 PM  
It's COVID. It's not norovirus, it's not the farking flu it's COVID.

It's COVID season and neither the flu nor norovirus takes half a goddamn school down at the same time. That's a job for the most infectious disease in history - COVID.
 
2022-10-22 1:18:02 PM  

mrmopar5287: Let me guess: It's the first week of hunting season and a bunch of high schoolers have been called out sick with "the flu?"


Deer season is a month away
 
2022-10-22 1:33:24 PM  

mongbiohazard: the most infectious disease in history


Fewer than twenty Norovirus particles can cause an infection (some research suggests as few as five).

Norovirus is close to Measles as the most infectious disease in history.
 
2022-10-22 2:52:28 PM  

mongbiohazard: It's COVID. It's not norovirus, it's not the farking flu it's COVID.

It's COVID season and neither the flu nor norovirus takes half a goddamn school down at the same time. That's a job for the most infectious disease in history - COVID.


You could not be more wrong.   When there is a bad flu season it's very common to see schools shut down because there is too much sickness so the close down for "deep cleaning".

Off the top of my head I can think of 5 times my kids had such "sick days"


But yeah, it's probably Covid.
 
2022-10-22 2:54:52 PM  

dennysgod: mongbiohazard: It's COVID. It's not norovirus, it's not the farking flu it's COVID.

It's COVID season and neither the flu nor norovirus takes half a goddamn school down at the same time. That's a job for the most infectious disease in history - COVID.

You could not be more wrong.   When there is a bad flu season it's very common to see schools shut down because there is too much sickness so the close down for "deep cleaning".

Off the top of my head I can think of 5 times my kids had such "sick days"


But yeah, it's probably Covid.


When? Where. Show me where flu has literally - not figuratively - knocked down half a school simultaneously. Show me a citation. WHERE?
 
2022-10-22 3:16:08 PM  

mongbiohazard: It's COVID. It's not norovirus, it's not the farking flu it's COVID.

It's COVID season and neither the flu nor norovirus takes half a goddamn school down at the same time. That's a job for the most infectious disease in history - COVID.


Norovirus is good at taking out large chunks of a cruise ship at the same time. Why not a school?

COVID can cause gastrointestinal symptoms but it doesn't seem to be that common. And "flu-like illness" can be just about anything.

If only we had rapid tests capable of confirming or ruling out the likely suspects within a few minutes...
 
2022-10-22 3:59:27 PM  

mongbiohazard: dennysgod: mongbiohazard: It's COVID. It's not norovirus, it's not the farking flu it's COVID.

It's COVID season and neither the flu nor norovirus takes half a goddamn school down at the same time. That's a job for the most infectious disease in history - COVID.

You could not be more wrong.   When there is a bad flu season it's very common to see schools shut down because there is too much sickness so the close down for "deep cleaning".

Off the top of my head I can think of 5 times my kids had such "sick days"


But yeah, it's probably Covid.

When? Where. Show me where flu has literally - not figuratively - knocked down half a school simultaneously. Show me a citation. WHERE?



Here's a few random pre-covid articles about schools shutting down because of flu

https://www.cnn.com/2019/01/25/health/flu-update-cdc/index.html
https://www.cnn.com/2018/01/26/health/flu-schools-shut-down/index.html
https://www.al.com/news/2019/01/4-alabama-school-systems-closed-today-due-to-flu.html?utm_source=twitter&utm_campaign=aldotcom_sf&utm_medium=social
https://abcnews.go.com/Health/flu-closes-schools-flusters-hospitals-nationwide/story?id=28245734
 
2022-10-22 4:15:59 PM  

mongbiohazard: It's COVID. It's not norovirus, it's not the farking flu it's COVID.

It's COVID season and neither the flu nor norovirus takes half a goddamn school down at the same time. That's a job for the most infectious disease in history - COVID.


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2022-10-22 6:37:48 PM  

mongbiohazard: dennysgod: mongbiohazard: It's COVID. It's not norovirus, it's not the farking flu it's COVID.

It's COVID season and neither the flu nor norovirus takes half a goddamn school down at the same time. That's a job for the most infectious disease in history - COVID.

You could not be more wrong.   When there is a bad flu season it's very common to see schools shut down because there is too much sickness so the close down for "deep cleaning".

Off the top of my head I can think of 5 times my kids had such "sick days"


But yeah, it's probably Covid.

When? Where. Show me where flu has literally - not figuratively - knocked down half a school simultaneously. Show me a citation. WHERE?


COVID is a flu, so....wtf are you arguing, exactly?
 
2022-10-22 6:45:48 PM  

Shryke: mongbiohazard: dennysgod: mongbiohazard: It's COVID. It's not norovirus, it's not the farking flu it's COVID.

It's COVID season and neither the flu nor norovirus takes half a goddamn school down at the same time. That's a job for the most infectious disease in history - COVID.

You could not be more wrong.   When there is a bad flu season it's very common to see schools shut down because there is too much sickness so the close down for "deep cleaning".

Off the top of my head I can think of 5 times my kids had such "sick days"


But yeah, it's probably Covid.

When? Where. Show me where flu has literally - not figuratively - knocked down half a school simultaneously. Show me a citation. WHERE?

COVID is a flu, so....wtf are you arguing, exactly?


COVID and flu are not related, other than both being RNA viruses with respiratory transmission.
 
2022-10-22 11:30:08 PM  
Teens normally are not lining up for seasonal flu shots.
 
2022-10-22 11:37:21 PM  

Shryke: mongbiohazard: dennysgod: mongbiohazard: It's COVID. It's not norovirus, it's not the farking flu it's COVID.

It's COVID season and neither the flu nor norovirus takes half a goddamn school down at the same time. That's a job for the most infectious disease in history - COVID.

You could not be more wrong.   When there is a bad flu season it's very common to see schools shut down because there is too much sickness so the close down for "deep cleaning".

Off the top of my head I can think of 5 times my kids had such "sick days"


But yeah, it's probably Covid.

When? Where. Show me where flu has literally - not figuratively - knocked down half a school simultaneously. Show me a citation. WHERE?

COVID is a flu, so....wtf are you arguing, exactly?


Can we get a "farking stupid" button?

And if it gets clicked enough times the user gets an automatic timeout?
 
2022-10-23 9:59:05 AM  

Ivo Shandor: COVID and flu are not related, other than both being RNA viruses with respiratory transmission.


That's true, but almost every single thing you can find that COVID-19 does, you can find the flu doing the same thing (except that people have less immunity to COVID, so it is worse).

Blood clots. Check.
Heart damage. Check.
Strokes. Check.
Brain damage. Check.
Long flu. Check.

Oh, and:

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2022-10-23 10:12:24 AM  

transporter_ii: Ivo Shandor: COVID and flu are not related, other than both being RNA viruses with respiratory transmission.


Oh, and it's been known since shortly after the pandemic began that the flu vaccine protects against severe COVID-19. This has held up repeatedly in studies over the years. From 2022:

https://www.advisory.com/daily-briefing/2022/05/18/flu-shots

One might think that before the vaccine, they might have told the general public to get a flu shot.

Being able to read, I was protected against severe COVID-19 many months before the COVID-19 vaccine rolled out.

And if the info was wrong? So what, the flu shots also protect against Alzheimer's.

https://www.verywellhealth.com/flu-vaccines-reduce-alzheimers-risk-5525778
 
2022-10-23 10:33:14 AM  
I graduated from there in 1978. Haven't been back.
 
2022-10-23 12:21:46 PM  

transporter_ii: Ivo Shandor: COVID and flu are not related, other than both being RNA viruses with respiratory transmission.

That's true, but almost every single thing you can find that COVID-19 does, you can find the flu doing the same thing (except that people have less immunity to COVID, so it is worse).

Blood clots. Check.
Heart damage. Check.
Strokes. Check.
Brain damage. Check.
Long flu. Check.

Oh, and:

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2022-10-23 1:35:36 PM  

mongbiohazard: dennysgod: mongbiohazard: It's COVID. It's not norovirus, it's not the farking flu it's COVID.

It's COVID season and neither the flu nor norovirus takes half a goddamn school down at the same time. That's a job for the most infectious disease in history - COVID.

You could not be more wrong.   When there is a bad flu season it's very common to see schools shut down because there is too much sickness so the close down for "deep cleaning".

Off the top of my head I can think of 5 times my kids had such "sick days"


But yeah, it's probably Covid.

When? Where. Show me where flu has literally - not figuratively - knocked down half a school simultaneously. Show me a citation. WHERE?


Are you joking? Of course it happens. Here in Japan their Institute of Infectious Diseases even have different levels of closures typically based on 30 to 50 percent of kids being absent due to illness. Gakkyu heisa, which is a class closure, gakunen heisa, which is a grade closure, and kyuko, which is school closure. These have existed since well before COVID.
 
2022-10-23 5:32:25 PM  

mongbiohazard: It's COVID. It's not norovirus, it's not the farking flu it's COVID.

It's COVID season and neither the flu nor norovirus takes half a goddamn school down at the same time. That's a job for the most infectious disease in history - COVID.


Norovirus definitely could. And I doubt this is COVID. COVID, while serious, particularly in the elderly, shouldn't be doing this to a high school aged population.
 
2022-10-23 6:07:16 PM  

Communist Middleschool Student: mongbiohazard: It's COVID. It's not norovirus, it's not the farking flu it's COVID.

It's COVID season and neither the flu nor norovirus takes half a goddamn school down at the same time. That's a job for the most infectious disease in history - COVID.

Norovirus definitely could. And I doubt this is COVID. COVID, while serious, particularly in the elderly, shouldn't be doing this to a high school aged population.


Some of the omicron strains totally could. They even get little kids. Our neighbors had (probably) BA5 rip through their house, and their elementary-aged kids had joint pain, high fevers, and loss of appetite.
 
2022-10-23 10:00:31 PM  
Virginia High school...Stafford County?

*click*

Stafford County...sigh.

/Stafford...the Florida of Virginia.
 
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