Oh, Robert! Does it *have* to say *that*???
Your recent edits are very timely in light of a lively discussion going on at the forums.http://forum.citizendium.org/index.php/topic,1391.0.html
At one point, I said this:
- I could have written:
- Influenza is an acute respiratory disease. Systemic and respiratory symptoms include pyrexia, cephalgia, myalgia, lethargy, coryza, pharyngitis, and spasmodic contraction of the thoracic cavity. Types A and B (H1N1) may also be associated with gastrointestinal symptoms such as nausea, vomiting and diarrhoea. Laryngotracheobronchitis is a common presentation in children. Most symptoms resolve within two to seven days. Complications of influenza exacerbate underlying chronic health conditions.
- I didn't. I assume doctors don't need to read CZ to know what the flu is, so I wrote:
- Influenza, commonly called “the ‘Flu”, is a common viral infectious disease. That means that it is contagious (easily passed from one person to another) and is caused by a virus.
- Symptoms of Influenza include headache, coughing and other cold-like symptoms. These are accompanied by a high fever. The flu is easily treated with modern medicines, but many strains are nevertheless quite serious, particularly for children and older persons.
- It has now been expanded significantly and much improved and you can read all about flu at Citizendium.
Now I see we've got a clinical definition. Oh, dear. Could we maybe make the opening more accessible, and put the formal note in later in the piece?
Aleta Curry 14:12, 2 December 2007 (CST)