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COPD And Swine Flu Can Be Deadly

Certain people have an increased risk for serious complications or even death if they are infected with swine flu. Lung conditions like COPD and asthma are a few of the factors that may increase your risk. COPD sufferers have a significantly higher incidence of having severe complications than others.

COPD, also known as chronic obstructive pulmonary disease, is a condition that makes it difficult to breathe. In most cases, this disease worsens over time. It can cause coughing, wheezing, shortness of breath, chest tightness, as well as other symptoms.

Nearly 41% of swine flu hospital patients in New York City suffered from COPD, asthma, or some other lung disease. And recently, seven deaths relating to swine flu were reported in New York. Out of those seven deaths, 6 of them involved people who had lung problems. If you have COPD you should speak with your doctor and see if he advises any special precautions regarding the swine flu, even if there is no flu in the area where you live.

The H1N1 swine flu is a virus that brings about influenza in humans. The virus has gone through a recent mutation into its current form. Due to this mutation, humans have no protection from the virus. This is the reason that governments worldwide are worried about the chance of a pandemic.

Like the seasonal influenza, serious complications and death has taken place as a consequence of sickness related to this serious disease. Worldwide, about 250,000 folks die each year from influenza related problems.

If you are concerned about COPD and swine flu, the safety your loved ones, or know someone that has one or more risk factors, do some early swine influenza preparation. Take steps today to guard yourself and your family from the swine influenza. Once an outbreak occurs, store shelves will be bare and it could be too late to do anything.

  © Mirza Rais 2009

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