A PSA TO THOSE WHO WERE AT KATSUCON
"A heads up to everyone who is or has has been feeling sick after Katsucon, it has been confirmed that one of the flu strains that has made people sick is the H1N1 virus. If you’re feeling sick or have flu symptoms, PLEASE get to a doctor to prevent further spread of the virus. As a word of advise, if you’re feeling sick or running a fever, you should not be exposing an entire convention to your illness. Stay in bed, drink plenty of fluids and get some rest. No con is worth exposing thousands of people to a virus."
A member of staff just passed away due to this virus after contracting it at con.
Wanted to give a heads up to my followers—I’m absolutely appalled that someone would bring H1N1 to a convention. If you’re sick, stay at home or stay in your room or something—cons are NOT amazingly essential parts of your life to the point where it’s necessary to not miss one at all costs.
Shit I checked to see if this was real and it is. The victim was Christine Larson. I found her families hospital bill fundraising site and everything.
@chazzfox yeah we knew but thanks for thinking of us. <3
The other nasty that was going around the con was bronchitis…that’s what I was officially diagnosed with & I had at least 2 other friends who was also diagnosed the same. It was so bad there were points where I would be coughing so much that I was gasping for breath & they even put me on an inhaler so I could breathe. I STILL have a cough (complete with stuff still in my lungs from this, it’s to the point where I will most likely have to go to the doctor again) & I am fairly pissed that someone would go to out in public when they have bronchitis or H1N1 in the first place!
(Side Note: There was a pharma conference right before us with tons of Doctors & nurses; there is also the chance that it was from hotel or restaurant staff too…I’d like to be optimistic and think it wasn’t from the con itself.)
The entire time I was in the worst of it I was thinking what the above poster said…if you are sick don’t go anywhere just stay home! (esp if you have a fever or are contagious in any way) I don’t care how long you’ve been looking forward to it or who you can’t wait to see or what you did to prepare for the con it’s not worth infecting the rest of the people there! If you get sick at the convention stay in your room or leave early, people will understand, it’s better than infecting the convention and putting people at risk!
P.S. I went into this con eating super healthy, taking immunity boosting vitamins & getting proper rest the few days before (I had recouped lost sleep before the con started), I even carry around hand-sanitizer with me whenever I’m at a con & use it regularly. There was no reason that I should have gotten sick, I was doing everything in my power to prevent such an occurrence, but I did because I am more susceptible to getting sick especially when it comes to things like bronchitis. :/ (It’s to the point where I might have to take even more drastic measures like no hugs or hand-shakes at conventions, no exceptions, and possibly just sticking with the PAX fist-bump.)