question regarding the flu


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as we know the flu has been around for centuries. as we also know once you have the most current strain of flu you are immune to all of the previous versions. keeping that in mind, if you were to go back in time, would you be a carrier of the most deadly plague that humans haven't experienced yet and kill just about everyone? also if you were to go forward in time, wouldnt you contract a strain of the flu that you couldnt possibly be immune to and die within a week?
 
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Now that is some very astute critical thinking. Unfortunately, I am not an expert in the transmission of disease, so I have no idea!! It is a fascinating question - maybe one of our more educated members will have an opinion.
 

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The flu is just like a bad cold to the majority of the population. With a healthy immune system, any flu strain is easily fought off. And once immune to a strain, you do not become a carrier. That virus strain can no longer survive in an immune person.
 
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The flu is just like a bad cold to the majority of the population. With a healthy immune system, any flu strain is easily fought off. And once immune to a strain, you do not become a carrier. That virus strain can no longer survive in an immune person.
So, are you saying that unless we are sick at the time we time travel, we wouldn't carry flu to the past and that if we are healthy when traveling to the future we would have the same natural ability to survive a flu as the people who are there at the time?
 

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The flu is just like a bad cold to the majority of the population. With a healthy immune system, any flu strain is easily fought off. And once immune to a strain, you do not become a carrier. That virus strain can no longer survive in an immune person.
So, are you saying that unless we are sick at the time we time travel, we wouldn't carry flu to the past and that if we are healthy when traveling to the future we would have the same natural ability to survive a flu as the people who are there at the time?
Yes.
 
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you dont have to be sick to be a carrier. 60-90% of native americans died from smallpox since they had no immunity. the new settlers had a resistance
 

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you dont have to be sick to be a carrier. 60-90% of native americans died from smallpox since they had no immunity. the new settlers had a resistance
You seem to be unfamiliar with the way the bodies immune system works. An immune person cannot carry a virus that it has successfully become immune to. Quite possibly you have a fake belief. That seems to be the rage these days.
 
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Still, the point about smallpox was well made even though it is not a flu virus. We no longer even vaccinate for it, right? I'm also reminded of the chicken pox and it's relation to shingles. Also, I am not sure it would be prudent to assume the something as virulent as the 1918 epidemic (which happened in TWO waves) would be harmless if reintroduced to the current population.
 

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as we know the flu has been around for centuries. as we also know once you have the most current strain of flu you are immune to all of the previous versions. keeping that in mind, if you were to go back in time, would you be a carrier of the most deadly plague that humans haven't experienced yet and kill just about everyone? also if you were to go forward in time, wouldnt you contract a strain of the flu that you couldnt possibly be immune to and die within a week?
First, don't time travel sick. If you are well, you have nothing to worry about. As far as catching a past flu, well, it is very possible for you to if you 1) have not had consistent flu shots or 2) You didn't catch that form of the flu and therefore have no immunity. Same with the cold virus. There are many strains. I'd imagine it is no different than living in your own timeline. Wash your hands. Stay away from coughing people. hehe

We could spread bacteria, but we already do that in our own timeline.

It would be irresponsible to time travel while sick.