Tourism Industry has the Flu

Hotels, resorts, cruise lines and other businesses in the transportation industry are already suffering huge losses in Florida and they have just been hit again with the Swine Flu headlines!


The bad economy is wrecking havoc on the tourism industry and the Swine Flu headlines are only making things worse. European countries are warning residents to avoid visits to North America. Other countries are banning imports of American beef and pork, even though you cannot catch the flu from eating meat.

Hotels, resorts, cruise lines and other businesses in the transportation industry are already suffering huge losses and they have just been hit again. Americans are being told to stay away from Mexico and Mexico has closed public buildings, sporting events, schools and even the churches, in an attempt to contain this pandemic virus that appears to be escalating in that country.

Fernandina Beach and Amelia Island is a tourist community. The Amelia Island Plantation has cut back worker’s hours and I presume other resorts and tourism related businesses, right here at home, have done the same.

Dr. Kelji Fukuda, Assistant Director of the World Health Organization has said that at least six countries have reported cases of the swine flu. Experts are predicting a moderate outbreak this spring, a quiet summer and potentially a full blown epidemic in the fall.

Only five US states are reporting confirmed cases of the Swine Flu and there have been no US deaths related to the virus. There have been no cases reported in Florida! If you feel like you have flu like symptoms, please call you doctor and stay home!

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  1. tommylee

    It would be good to mention the specifics on Swine Flu since there is quite a misconception between Flu and regular cold symptoms. A lot of people call “regular cold” Flu and clearly the two are unrelated.

    A cold is viral infection located in the nose, sinuses, upper bronchial tubes and ears and manifests itself in running nose, sneezing, slight coughing, raw or scratchy throat and sometimes a slow but mild increase of body temperature. The symptoms get worse with stuffiness and the cold settles on the chest with painful chest coughing, and sometimes a headache but from couching and stuffiness. Sometimes light muscle aches show up in the third day. One the third or fourth day the chest pains turn from a dry rough couch into a “wet cough” and the running nose with sneezing returns into the picture. Normally the common cold settles in 7-10 days. Colds are highly infectious but only reside in the nose (Rhyno-virus) of primates (Humans, Chimpanzees) but not in any other animal. On average an adult can have 1-2 colds a year and children 4-6 times a year.

    There is no “cure” and antibiotics have no influence on the common cold. There seems to be a correlation between lower levels of Vitamin D however supplemental vitamin D has not shown any decrease in susceptibility. Cod-liver oil has shown most promising results to raise Vit. D levels but sunshine is the best supllier of Vit. D. 10 min. of sunshine exposed to 30-40% of your skin provides sufficient Vitamin D for the day. Other additional palliative treatments are high doses of Vit. C, Echinecea Purporea and Zinc. Another myth is that cold weather or exposure to cold weather is cause for increase colds. Exposure to cold is not inherent to increase of cold cases but the social behavior to stay more indoors and closed environments with more people (classrooms, airplanes, public gathering places, bars and restaurants) is a much highler likeliness of increasing the chances of colds since transmission is from human to human.

    The Flu or Influenza is a different beast altogether although mild virusses can induce cold like symptoms often overlooked as the Flu. There is one differentiating symptom between a common cold and a “flu-cold”: a Flu cold has the “shivers and fever” addition to the upper respiratory symptoms. A cold by itself is not necessarily accompanied by fever.

    Now the real different beast. Influenza is an infectious desease caused by the RNA viruses and affect “Mammals and Birds”. ALL MAMALS not just higher primates. The current “Swine Flu” is actually a tri influence virus combining human, pig and bird elements. The influenza viral strains mutate very rapidly and thus vaccinations (almost inert form of the flu virusses) that may give some protection one year will most likely not work the next year due to mutations.

    Influenza has created havoc throughout history and 3 known pandemics have caused millions of deaths in the last century. The most feared one was a new strain called the “spanish flu” which ravaged the world from the Arctic to the Pacific Islands leaving between 25 and 100 million deaths in a time span from late 1918-1919. The Spanish flu also had an atypical characteristic that it took most victims in the ages between 15 – 25 years while normal mortality for the Flu is in very young children under the age of 2 and the elderly over 70. both attributed to the immune system malfunction.

    Symptoms: All the same respiratory symptoms of the common cold but enhenced with severy muscle and joint aches, high fever, and severe headaches (not just when coughing but throughout). The symptoms normally manifest themselves in a vary abrupt manner from one hour feeling fine to the next hour feeling miserable, exhausted and the wish to go lay down. The temperature rises very fast and 103 -106 are not uncommon. Under normal circumstances the flu does not have a high mortality rate (0.2%) but a secondary infection – in most cases a bacterial pneumonia – is what raises the fatality rate as high as 20% in young and older age groups.

    A pre-seasonal-vaccination may help but only if the vaccine included the strain that is causing the flu outbreak. If it is not included in the vaccine it will have the same effect on a vaccinated or non-vaccinated person.

    Antibiotics and penicillin do NOTHING against a flu (Virus) but may hamper the secondary disease outbreak such as pneumonia. Only people with a higher risk (young children, elderly and those with auto-immune diseases, immune deficiencies, chemo treated patients) should consider taking antibiotics since the use of antibiotics has no influence on the Flu and should a secondary disease manifest itself within two weeks after the Flu symptoms have abated the risk that any antibiotic will be effective is virtually zero.

    Holistically, Aconitum (when symptoms appear acute) and Rhus Toxicodendron (when any cold or wetness can be traced back to the origin of the symptom outbreak) have proven to be extremely effective. There is another holistic treatment that can be seen as a “vaccination” while having the flu or cold that is effective, however please contact me to find out more about that treatment at: admin at zebrabot dot com (of course you need to write it correctly).

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