That mystery pneumonia that was circulating in China? Now it's in Ohio.
· Nov 30, 2023 ·

A wave of "White Lung Syndrome" has struck Ohio, forcing health experts in that state to declare an outbreak of the "mystery pneumonia" which recently made headlines in China.

Fear of a Covid 2.0 is in the air, yet none of the big pharmaceutical companies have patented a vaccine for White Lung Syndrome, so the CDC has declared that with this illness "nothing is out of the ordinary."

Still, it looks like we've got something to worry about here.

An 'extremely high' number of children are being diagnosed with pneumonia in Ohio — which is now the first US state to report an outbreak like the one in China.

Health officials in Warren County, 30 miles north of Cincinnati, said there have been 142 pediatric cases of the condition — dubbed 'white lung syndrome' — since August.

'Not only is this above the county average, it also meets the Ohio Department of Health definition of an outbreak,' the county's health department said Wednesday.

The spread of cases has raised fears that an American outbreak of the infection that has overwhelmed hospitals China could hit this winter. Several European countries are battling similar crises …

Doctors say patients are mostly suffering from a fever, cough and fatigue.

I hate to say it like this, but in my mind it's a little too far off from the 2024 election for this to be another lab leak. In other words, I think we'll be fine if we just fight through this. Life lives, and we will do just that.

Also, nobody in the states is known to have died from the mystery illness, so that's a great sign.

An 'ongoing investigation' is underway in Ohio into what is triggering the wave of illness, but officials do not think it is a new respiratory disease — and instead blame a mixture of several common infections all hitting at once.

Patients so far have tested positive for mycoplasma pneumoniae, a bacterial lung infection for which some antibiotics are useless, strep, and adenovirus, a normally benign respiratory infection. The average age of patients is eight, though some are as young as three …

In a release from the Warren County Health District, officials said: 'We do not think this is a novel/new respiratory disease, but rather a large uptick in the number of pneumonia cases normally seen at one time.'

There are a lot of sicknesses floating around out there, and a lot of them evolve into pneumonia. So you gotta hope we're in the clear here. And the fact that the CDC isn't going buck wild over this honestly leads me to believe we'll be just fine.

I'll leave this here:

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