I really doubt that she has the flu. I'm not saying she's lying about being sick, but the true flu is far less common than most people think, and it takes a lot longer to recover from than what the Cohen Camp is reporting. More likely it is just a bad cold.
As I've said before, all of these athletes (at least the seniors) should all have had flu vaccine (without some serious contraindication. Any coach who lets their athlete go out there in the crowds to risk getting the real flu at the wrong time is just being ridiculously callous about the health of the skater at a time when they need to be at their best. Or else some coaches may like the idea of an excuse (no fingers being pointed now!)
OMG, I wonder what the USFSA will do if she has to withdraw and asks for a bye.
She can recover from this in a few days...There is a flu going around right now that last a few days,you get a sore throat,fever,cough,phelgm.My husband had it over Christmas took him about 3 days and I caught it but it only lasted for me about a day or so because i eat so much fruit,i had enough Vitamin C to not get it as badly.My sister had it too. It's not a cold it's a flu bug.
This may be a way to get the pressure off Sasha, since she is so heavily favored to win this time. I am not saying she did not have the cold or the flu, but I doubt it is something serious. Sometimes hard work, stress, etc. can cause symptoms like those (throat related). I am sure she will recover in time for the nationals.
I don´t understand how the athletes don´t take better care of themselves as important competitions are approaching. A flue or even a bad cold will have bad affect on one´s condition.
Well no matter how much you take care of yourself...you can't stop yourself from catching something.It's nearly impossible unless you stay in your own home and never go out again!
About it not being serious...this flu bug is misery and is one that can easily become bronchitus or pnuemonia if you aren't careful.
It seems Sasha has been recovering from an illness before at a big comp. How many times is this now? Good excuse if she doesnt win. I wonder. A little exaggeration maybe.
Michelle has a groin injury and Sasha is sick with the flu. -Doctors don't lie. I had my first and last flu shot about four years ago, I came don't with the worst flu ever that year. The doctors told me that flu shot doesn't cover every strain of flu bugs. So, Sasha probably had a flu shot and she still got the flu. What's the big deal?
Wow. Very sorry to hear this about Sasha. I hope that she can still skate to her optimal level. This is her big moment to shine, with the biggest spotlight aimed only on her! Nobody wants to see a title won by a 'dark horse' because a competitor was ill.
ITA (and it's rare for me to agree with millie on anything). Flu shots do not protect you 100% from getting a flu. Unless you live in a bubble, there's a million ways to get a bad cold even if you take extraordinary precautions. Flying on planes, changing temps, germs in public bathrooms, hotel elevators, or just about any public surface that get handled by many people, are all ripe places for bacteria.Originally Posted by millie
all right people, infectious diseases lesson here. Influenza virus causes "the flu" Coronaviruses, rhinoviruses, and a whole host of others cause bad colds, or "flu like symptoms" though if you've ever had the flu, you'd realize the big difference between the flu and a bad cold.
Quote: (Previously posted by bronxgirl)
"As I've said before, all of these athletes (at least the seniors) should all have had flu vaccine (without some serious contraindication..."
As a healthcare professional (pharmacist), we are constantly up on our heels as to what is the next type/strain of influenza likely to dominate a flu season, whether one or 2 of 4 strains: A, B, C, or W. The flu vaccine is formulated ahead of season based on estimated rate of endemicity (frequency) of a specific strain and looking at previous flu seasons.
The one-strain-only flu vaccine does not necessarily protect from the other 3 strains, although being vaccinated minimizes the risk of worsening symptoms or spreading of that specific flu strain in the vaccine.
I do believe that Sasha has flu or cold. The pressure of competing at Nationals and Olympics, the intensive training hours, the traveling, and many other related side things can take whole lot out of the body. When the body is too tired, the immune system is very weak. It's easy to get sick.