Opinion: At least man flu is not as bad as bird flu

PUBLISHED: 12:00 16 December 2017


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I love it when radio looks at scientific research in the news.

Here’s what happens. Someone spends years getting educated to an impressive level and then a few more years looking into a specific issue.

They publish their considered findings and then we go on radio and basically ask, “Give this three seconds thought and let me know if you think they’re right by calling 01708 74 1075.”

And no issue has invited the non-experts to pile in more than man flu. This week research came out saying that it’s real. People took to social media to say, “No it’s not.”

Where were these people when the research money was being handed out? We could have made a saving.

The study found evidence that men have a higher risk of hospital admission and higher rates of deaths associated with flu compared with women.

The hospital admission part you could explain as men making a big old fuss about having the flu and insisting

on going to a hospital whereas a woman would just get on with it. Although evidence kind of shows man are terrible at going to hospital or the doctors even when they need it.

But the increased rates of death are harder to explain.

How much do you think we “put it on” when we’re ill?

I know some of us can act but not that well. Do you think we get the poison from the end of Romeo and Juliet just to get sympathy?

The really bad thing here is the “them and us” nature to the debate.

But I realise that in the grand scheme of things we men cannot complain.

The man flu that we fellas get may be more fatal than normal flu but that bird flu sounds horrendous.

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