Links for Flu-Beginners
What is flu?
What is Influenza A?
What is Influenza B?
Frequently used terms in the flu discussions:
Internet and Flu ABC’s (Acronyms)
Discussion forum "speak"
As Far As I Know
DH or DW
Dear Husband, Dear Wife, etc. for various family members: DS for Dear Son; DD for Dear Daughter; DSIL for Dear Son In Law.
Hope This Helps
In My Honest Opinion or In My Humble Opinion
In My Opinion
Laughing Out Loud
Main Stream Media
Private Message (sent from one member to another within the site)
Rolling On The Floor Laughing Out Loud; and other combinations: ROFL, ROFLMAO
Stupid Wild A** Guess
Take It For What It's Worth
The Powers That Be (leaders in the world of government, commerce, etc.)
Your Mileage May Vary, literally, "your experience may differ".
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Flu and/or disaster preparation forum "speak"
Anything But Bird Flu
Avian Influenza , flu-viruses usually infecting birds
Bird to Human
Bird Flu (nickname for H5N1, sometimes also generally for all avian influenza)
FluWiki (a compilation site of news, preparation advice, discussion, etc.)
pandemic flu information forum
H2H or H-H or H-to-H
Human to Human Transmission
Influenza A virus subtype of potentially pandemic birdflu: H=hemaglutinin (16 sorts) and N=neuraminidase(9 sorts)
Health Care Worker
Shelter in place (self imposed quarantine)
The End Of The World As We Know It
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Case Fatality Rate. This refers the rate of death among people who already have a condition. It is usually measured as a decimal or as a percent. For example, if one out of every five people with a condition died, the case fatality would be 0.2, or 20%.
High Pathogenic Avian Influenza
Low Pathogenic Avian Influenza. The difference between LPAI and HPAI is the severity of disease/death it causes.
Non Pharmaceutical Intervention (i.e. social distancing; isolation)
Reproductive number. The reproduction or transmissibility rate refers to the average number of cases infected by the primary case. For Example, a RO rate of 1.0 or less would indicate transmission is not high enough to sustain pandemic.
Vaccine or Vaccination
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Center of Disease Control (ususally referring to the USA federal agency, although some other countries use the same name)
Community emergency response teams (not the breath mint)
Center for Infectious Disease Research and Policy at the University of Minnesota
Department for Environment Food and Rural Affairs
Food and Agriculture Organization of the United Nations
Medecins Sans Frontieres - Doctors without Borders
National Institute of Health
Office International des Epizooties OR World Organization for Animal Health (division of the UN) USDA
United States Department of Agriculture (federal agency)
World Health Organization (Division of the United Nations)