Woman more at risk from swine flu
How morbidly ironic that the reduced pregnancies from an economic down turn is coming at one of the best times. It appears this swine flu is harder on pregnant woman, and simply on women overall. It is also hitting the aboriginal community harder, and I live in an aboriginal community. Certainly attendance is down as parents are keeping their children home from school more often. My first year here I had a student home a month with from a cold so it makes me very concerned.
No surprise that it is affecting smokers stronger, smokers have depressed their ability to breathe and it is the ability to breathe that's putting people on ventilators. One of the obscure pieces of data I ran into in the 80s, that more then 20 years later is still not well known, is the increased risk women have from smoking. Women, on average, see the onset of smoking related diseases about 10 years earlier then men and that data surprised researchers because women tend to smoke fewer cigarettes and tended to smoke lower tar cigarettes. I am wondering this male/female lung difference is related to the higher mortality of females from this flu.Severe H1N1 infection in females 'striking': study7% of U.S. H1N1 patients died: study