How to beat the flu in the summer
The world is heading towards another pandemic, which has already been declared in Europe and in the US, where the World Health Organization has warned more than a million people have died in the past three years.
Dr Daniel Nachmanoff of the University of Southampton and his colleagues have been studying how people can prepare themselves for the new pandemic by studying how the body reacts to the virus.
Their study published in the British Medical Journal has found that the body is highly sensitive to the flu.
“We found that it is highly vulnerable to influenza virus infection, and that the immune system has a limited ability to respond,” Dr Nachmannoff told BBC News.
“It has to adapt to what it sees and what it is trying to protect.”
When we see influenza virus, we think that there is an immediate attack on our body.
But in fact, the immune response is more reactive, and it is the body that needs to respond.
“It was initially thought that the flu would only cause a milder reaction in the body than a cold, but Dr Nachtman said this was not the case.”
The response to influenza in the human body is much more severe than the response to a cold.
So the body will be very sensitive to influenza,” he said.”
In the past, we thought that people would be able to recover fairly easily.
But it turns out they can’t.
“Dr Nachtmann said that for people to be able recover from the flu, they needed to be very familiar with the symptoms, and they need to be familiar with how the flu works.”
There are some basic rules that we should follow to avoid contracting influenza,” Dr Dan said.
The research is one of the first studies to look at how people are likely to react to influenza.
The study involved more than 1,200 people from a variety of backgrounds, including British-Irish, French-German, Swiss-Italian, Japanese-American, Irish-American and Vietnamese-American.”
If we can explain the mechanisms of the immune reaction to influenza, then we can then work out how to help people who might have mild flu symptoms recover,” Dr Fergus Wilson, the study’s senior author, said.
The research was supported by the Wellcome Trust.