The state of Colorado is now set to begin tracking swine-flu hospitalizations and deaths weekly, as they will probably become more common. And that seemed to be the case on Monday, when a 40-year-old woman died at Longmont United Hospital after displaying symptoms of the H1N1 virus for weeks, according to Boulder’s Daily Camera, which notes that the woman also had “significant underlying health conditions.”
The unidentified woman is the second person in Boulder County to die of the flu in recent months and the third in the state. Yet for most people who catch the bug, the experience is anticipated to be mild enough to treat at home. More than 500 people flooded the emergency department at Denver Health earlier this week, fearing they had swine flu. Many were sent home, says Doctor Connie Price, Denver Health’s chief of infectious diseases.
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“The question is: Do we need to do anything different?” she asks (via 9News). “And because we know that this is not more serious than regular influenza, really if you have mild illness, we don’t need to treat you. We’ll send you home to get better.”
Meanwhile, in New York, several hundred health-care workers, civil libertarians, and anti-vaccine activists are protesting mandatory care, which would require health-care workers to be inoculated for both seasonal and swine flus in order to keep their jobs, reports USAToday. The workers are opposed to forced vaccinations, which they don’t believe have been tested appropriately.