Swine Flu Update

The following information is taken from the Pennsylvania Departments of Education and Health, the University of Delaware, and the U.S. Centers for Disease Control (CDC) and Prevention.  Special thanks to our own Dr. Robin Patterson for forwarding me pertinent information and updates.

To help protect against the spread of the flu and other germs and viruses, BC3 students and employees are encouraged to take simple prevention measures such as:

  • Cover coughs and sneezes with tissues.
  • Wash hands often (NOTE: The College is in the process of purchasing wall-mounted, alcohol-based hand sanitizers for hallways in each campus building).
  • Avoid touching eyes, nose, or mouth
  • Stay at home when you are sick

According to the CDC, symptoms for the Swine Influenza A (H1N1) are similar to the symptoms of seasonal flu in humans and may include some combination of:

  • Fever, greater than 100 degrees F
  • Sore throat
  • Cough
  • Stuffy nose
  • Chills
  • Headache
  • Body aches
  • Fatigue

Information about Swine Influenza A (H1N1) can be found by clicking on the following:

The College will continue to monitor the situation and communicate on an as-needed basis.  Student concerns should be forwarded to John Kearney, Vice President for Student Services, and employee concerns should be forwarded to Linda Dodd, Director of Human Resources.

One Response to Swine Flu Update

  1. charliedw says:

    Apparently one of the quirks of the Swine Flu (and Bird Flu) is that it is actually worse for people with healthy immune systems. I know that doesn’t make sense by normal standards, but the immune reaction apparently causes what is known as a “cytokine storm” in the lung, creating fluid and drowning the victim.

    Whereas ordinary flu usually kills about 1/2 to 1% of its victims, the Swine Flu is apparently killing about 7%. The Bird Flu is even more deadly than the Swine Flu but does not spread very easily which is why it did not have too much impact.

    Advanced colloidal silver has been shown to neutralize the N1H1 virus (Swine Flu) within a couple of hours in test tube studies but has not been tried in animal model studies yet.

    The Bird Flu (H5N1) killed 70% of animals in a study, (yes . . . . 70%). However, when trialed with the advanced silver solution, the animal survival rate went from 30% to 60%.

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