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  • Justin

    Have it. It’s terrible.

  • textdoc

    IIRC, January is usually the height of flu season.

  • wdc

    About 20% of my office is out sick today. Some of them are REALLY sick.

    • I seriously had no idea. Damn. I got the flu shot but I’m gonna go on a compulsive hand washing binge for the next few weeks I think :)

      • DM

        Ah, you must not have children! I don’t either, but I work with kids and it’s been really crazy since the holidays. If fluids aren’t flowing out of their noses, they are coming out more explosively from points further south…

      • wdc

        One of my colleagues was quasi-joking about biological weapons at the March. Every one of our DC-based staff was there, and today 20% of them are out sick. Coincidence?

  • Anon

    I’ve been leaking nasty snot for the past week or so, with no immediate signs of stopping (though I feel generally fine most of the time). Sorry, all!

  • NW Mom

    I wonder if they are referring to the norovirus (stomach bug/flu) that has been going around like wildfire. I know lots of people who have had that, but I haven’t heard of anyone having influenza (upper respiratory flu).

    • Truxton Thomas

      I wondered the same thing, though I would expect a health care facility to distinguish between norovirus and flu. With a 2-year-old, we’ve been on the lookout for the norovirus, but have dodged the bullet so far.

    • OGB

      Nope, just the regular old flu. I had it last week – headache, chills, sweats, and high fever (above 103). It’s morphed into a cough and runny nose. Drink lots of fluids people!!!

      • yup

        I got it back in Nov/Dec and it is a TERRIBLE strain. It has you out of commission hacking a dry cough for at least a week and then lingers at lower levels for at least 2.5 more after that. Good luck out there!

    • FoggyBottom

      Wife is a physician at Hospital Center and stomach related ailments have wrecked havoc on staff scheduling over the last month or so from unexpected time off. This is in addition to the flu, which is on track to be one of the worst seasons in history. Not sure if this is due to the lack of people getting vaccines or the CDC picking the wrong vaccine strains this year.


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