Hong Kong Influenza

Influenza Virus Type A

Prevention of Influenza Virus Type A

In 1968 and 1969, there was a Influenza Virus Type A pandemic that killed nearly a million people worldwide and hit especially hard in Hong Kong affecting about 500,000 (roughly 15% of their population at that time) and also killed 33,800 in the U.S. It was considered a category 2 flu pandemic brought on by a strain of H3N2, from the already existing strain H2N2. The H2N2 and H3N2 flu strains both contained genes derived from the avian influenza viruses. The spread of the Hong Kong flu lasted roughly 6 weeks. These new subtypes started in pigs which were infected with both avian and human viruses and it didn’t take long before they were spreading it to humans. It is largely because of this that swine are considered the original host for the influenza virus. Today, however, we now know that there are other species capable carrying and infecting humans with the virus as seen with the more recent H1N1 that was likely transmitted from birds to humans. In the last six months of 2011, there were a dozen human cases of a new variant (H3N2v) of the Hong Kong flu identified in the U.S.

In general, the Influenza Virus Type A is a highly contagious and easily spread infection that most often affects the nose, throat and lungs. It is usually contracted by tiny droplets of saliva and secretions from coughing, sneezing or by touching something that has come in contact with the virus. The Influenza Virus Type A is common among school aged children who are constantly touching their faces, mouths and eyes after touching an infected object. Because we know how quickly flu germs spread, Clear Gear Sports Spray is specially designed to kill the viruses that cause illnesses like Influenza Virus Type A or the Hong Kong Influenza. Clear Gear Sports Spray can be used in a variety of applications such as treating objects shared at school, locker rooms, backpacks, even on the cases of our cell phones and tablets. It is very common for people to confuse the flu with the common cold as they do have some of the same symptoms in common, however one can suffer from a cold a few times a year while they will usually only suffer from the flu once every few years. While most people consider the flu to be related to the stomach, it’s quite the contrary as Influenza Virus Type A (Hong Kong Influenza) primarily affects the nose, throat, and lungs.

There is very little incubation time for Influenza and the onset of symptoms usually occurs within 2-3 days after you came in contact with the virus and this virus is extremely contagious. It can wreak havoc on communities and schools, often infecting a very large group within just two to three weeks. This make staying clean and germ free all the more important and we understand this importance at Clear Gear.

Preventing The Hong Kong Influenza

Most people who become infected report a fever anywhere between 102 and 106 degrees Fahrenheit with children suffering the highest fevers.

Some other symptoms common to Influenza Virus Type A include:

  • Head and body aches
  • Chills/fever
  • Dizziness/lightheadedness
  • Flushed face
  • Fatigue
  • Nausea and vomiting (though less common) Once the initial symptoms dissipate, usually by day 2 – 4, the common symptom begin to fade and new symptoms take their place. Among these are:
  • Dry or hacking cough • Troubled breathing • Runny nose • Sneezing • Sore/irritated throat

Most of these symptoms resolve themselves within 4 – 7 days. In some cases, there may be a return of the fever, however, you can usually count on the cough lingering for a few more weeks. In some cases, the fever returns. The cough and feeling tired may last for weeks. During this time, many people lose their appetite and if they suffer from other breathing problems such as asthma, their symptoms may increase.

The test performed to detect the flu is simply done by swabbing the inside of the nose and throat and the results are typically readily available. It will then be up to your health provider to determine which treatment options are best for you and they usually involve over the counter medicine like acetaminophen or ibuprofen, or a combination of both.

If the patient becomes very ill, doctors may prescribe antiviral drugs. The flu can become very serious and over 36,000 people die each year due to complications from the flu. These are typically include:

  • People over age 65
  • Children 2 years old and younger
  • Pregnant women past their 1st trimester
  • People living in assisted living or long-term care facilities
  • Anyone suffering from chronic heart, lung, and kidney conditions
  • Diabetes
  • Weakened immune system

Stop Influenza in it’s Tracks

Disinfect The Hong Kong Influenza

The most common complications from the flu include:

  • Menigitis
  • Seizures
  • Pneumonia
  • Encephalitis

The good news is that you can take steps to prevent becoming sick with the flu virus and among these are:

  • Stay home for at least 24 hours if people around you outside the home are sick with the flu
  • Don’t share utensils, food or drinks with anyone
  • Try to keep your hands away from your mouth, eyes and face
  • Sanitize everything that you come in contact with
  • Wear a mask in crowds
  • Cough or sneeze into a tissue or sleeve and discard immediately
  • Treat objects with an easy to use product like Clear Gear Sports Spray
  • Get the available flu vaccine

At Clear Gear, we believe that prevention is the best medicine and Clear Gear Sports Spray can help in the prevention of some of the most horrendous diseases and illnesses out there including Influenza Virus Type A.

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