Brits suffering from self inflicted yorking and just plain bad luck

Yesterday, I read that the British health care and ambulance services had been devastated by New Year’s drunkenness, a self-inflicted illness for which I, as a tee-totaller, have little sympathy. If you vomit because you got blitzed, serves you right.

Today, however, I read something that caused me to feel serious sympathy for the beleaguered, vomiting Brits. Apparently norovirus has hit England’s shores in a big way:

Calls to NHS Direct soared over the extended Christmas break as hundreds of thousands of people fell ill with a violent stomach bug.

More than 1.2m people logged on to the NHS Direct website or called for advice over the 11-day period, more than two thirds higher than the same time last year. Dental pain was the most common complaint followed by vomiting and abdominal pain.

The NHS advises patients affected to stay at home for 48 hours after they last suffered the symptoms

The figures confirm warnings from doctors and Government scientists that cases of the winter vomiting bug, called norovirus, have reached the highest level for five years.

Almost two million people are thought to have suffered with the two-day vomiting and diarrhoea bug between the beginning of September and the first week in December.

New cases will peak in the next month and doctors warned up to 200,000 a week could fall ill as schools and offices return after the Christmas break.

A staggering 1,122,874 people contacted NHS Direct during the extended 11-day Christmas and New Year break.

As someone who used to be vulnerable to stomach flu; who suffered from severe morning sickness 24/7 for the entirety of both her pregnancies; and who has been hospitalized twice with severe food poisoning, there are few things that elicit more sympathy from me then stomach flu.  I wish the Brits the best of luck in combating this problem.  I’m also keeping my fingers crossed that the norovirus, which always crops up here occasionally, doesn’t become epidemic.


12 Responses

  1. I suppose, contra Elliot, England ends not with a bang or a whimper but with the heaves.

  2. Hollow Men

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  4. Swamp: only two words? That’s unlike you. Why the sudden attack of terse expression?

  5. Sheeeeeeeeesh what an ingrate.I thought you would be grateful for all the words I cut ? I thought for every unnecessary word I used would only pour over the side of a HOLLOW er I mean broad full brimming mind like yours Z ? That’s all.

  6. Don’t get him started.

  7. Why not? Unlike the tiger in the San Fran zoo, swampy is harmless.

  8. Okay (Z)Sigfried and Roy(Y) . . . I understand how the pack mentality of the jungle works .Be careful not to dangle your leg over the edge (I’m sure you two live in a zoo or circus somewhere). Now shoo along you silly little kittens and go find your mittens. Have you two thought about moving out of your parents basement and getting a place of your own ?. Your blogging thoughts might become a liitle more independent . Just wondering ?

  9. Because “gao” only sounds cute from girls. Coming from swamp is a bit too much.

  10. Continuing on the lighter weekend side. Z AM WOMEN HAIR HIM HER ROAR er I mean meow . Having a bad hair day Za Za ? Don’t take it out on me ! Hope the cat gets your tongue. Stick it over the edge of a tiger moat .

  11. Careful swamp, if you get too worked up at the computer, you’ll disturb the other library patrons and you’ll be asked to leave.

  12. if g, dagon, and swamp all did “gao”, that would probably be the end of the world.

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