California marathon runner dies from flu

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A mother-of-three marathon runner died of flu just 48 hours after falling ill.

Katie Oxley Thomas, 40, of San Jose, California, was a yoga enthusiast and runner before she died earlier this month.

Her family told ABC 7 she was taken to the emergency room at Good Samaritan Hospital and her condition declined so quickly that she was moved to intensive care, placed on life support and died that same day – all in the span of 15 hours.    

According to Adrienne and Walt Oxley, Thomas’ parents, she had fallen ill 48 hours before her death. The family said they believe Thomas had received a flu shot prior to getting sick.

She is one of 42 people younger than 65 to die in California as hospitals in the state become so overcrowded with patients suffering from the flu that giant camp-like tents are being set up in parking lots.

Loma Linda University Medical Center in San Bernardino County and Palomar Medical Center Escondido in northern San Diego County are just two hospitals in the state that are turning their emergency room parking lots into makeshift treatment areas.

‘There’s a little bit of a feeling of being in the trenches,’ Michelle Gunnett, a nurse with the Southern California hospital system, told the Los Angeles Times.

‘We’re really battling these infections to try to get them under control. We’re still not sure if this is going to continue… but it certainly is an inauspicious start.’

One Redlands resident described the chaos at her area emergency room as a ‘flu war zone’.

‘I’m not a germaphobe or anything, but that will quickly make you one,’ Candysse Miller, who took her 88-year-old father to get treatment, said.

In recent weeks, thousands have sought treatment at California hospitals.

This season’s flu outbreak, which began in October and typically lasts until May, has been particularly devastating.

Health officials have reported more than 40 deaths in people younger than 65 in California, compared to the nine reported deaths at this time last year.

To combat the influx of patients, staff are setting up ‘surge tents’, giant brown tents that are typically used for major disasters. Beds are separated by sheets hanging from the ceilings in order to provide some type of privacy.

Connie Cunningham, executive director for Loma Linda’s emergency services, said she expected the tents to be up for only a few days but staff members are still treating 60 more patients a day than usual.

‘In my career, I’ve never seen anything like this,’ she said.

Other hospitals in California the state have flown in nurses from out of state and are sending away ambulances as they continue to deal with the outbreak.

Some facilities, like Palomar, are canceling scheduled surgeries to free-up staff, while several others are treating people in the hallways.

Good Samaritan Hospital in San Jose was forced to clear out a storage area to make room for the surge they saw in patients.

‘Those are all creative things we wouldn’t typically do, but in a crisis like this, we’re looking at,’ Gunnett told the Los Angeles Times.

The massive flu outbreak isn’t just affecting hospitals across California. Pharmacies are running out Tamiflu and other medications used to treat the virus.

Nihar Mandavia, a pharmacist who owns Druggist Pharmacy in Laguna Niguel told Daily Mail Online that his pharmacy has been selling an average of 30 Tamiflu per day.

‘Usually during flu season we sell maybe one a day,’ he said.

‘I’ve already gone through eight in the last three hours we’ve been open,’ he added. ‘I spent my Sunday night looking for Tamiflu for wholesale.’

To try and stop the virus from spreading, some hospitals in California and across the US have implemented age-restrictions limiting when teens and young children can visit sick relatives.

Flu season officially begins in October but this year’s particularly dangerous strain, H3N2, has come relatively early and the season has not reached its peak yet.

‘It tends to cause more deaths and more hospitalizations than the other strains,’ said Dr. Jeffrey Gunzenhauser, Los Angeles County’s interim health officer.

The same strain was primarily responsible for causing more than 1,000 people in Australia to become ill.

H3N2 has also been responsible for some of the worst flu seasons in the US in recent years, including the 2006-2007, 2012-2013, and 2014-2015 bouts.

To fight off the virus, the CDC recommends three main antivirals: oseltamivir (sold under the brand name Tamiflu,) zanamivir (Relenza), and peramivir, all of which the CDC says contain a strain of H3N2 which should be effective against this year’s version.

The nasal spray, however, is not thought to be a worthwhile preventative measure against this flu.

Health officials also recommend people cover coughs and sneezes, wash their hands, get tested early and stay home if they do become sick.

California is one of the 49 states that reported either regional or widespread flu activity, excluding Delaware. There have been 70 deaths across the US, according to a CDC report from earlier this month.

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10 thoughts on “California marathon runner dies from flu

    1. I disagree Mark….the people in those ‘ third world shit hole countries’ have fought for many years trying to fight the vaccinators….they know what vaccines are capable of (ebola for example) …..1918=====2018? please read this series of articles …then this—- from Dr. Tenpenny
      ‘For those of you who listened to CoastToCoastAM, I will be doing a short “news” item at the top of the hour about influenza…then they want to have me on for 2 hours soon.

      I did a little prep-work for this segment…and guess what I found? The rate of flu THIS YEAR is no different than the last 19 years….just like you learned!

      According to the CDC Weekly U.S. Influenza Surveillance Report, the CDC has tested almost 372,000 specimens since Oct 2017. Of those, only 12.8% have been POSITIVE for Influenza virus….

      Over the last 19 years….the average has been 15.3% – so this year is actually LESS illness by influenza….so now we have FAKE NEWS and FAKE FLU!‘…. I am not a genius but it is my most humble opinion that the bacterial infection that affected millions in 1918 has been reconstituted and inserted into the current flu vaccine……same scenario….sudden onset followed by rapid deterioration….the article states the woman was thought to have received a flue vaccine before she took ill ……….you do know that bodies from the 1918 pandemic were exhumed to reconstitute the organism…under the guise of developing protection from it…….

        1. Well, letting illegals in can’t be good for our health right?

          Hell, getting out of bed is bad for your health, breathing is bad for your health.

  1. ” ‘There’s a little bit of a feeling of being in the trenches,’ Michelle Gunnett, a nurse with the Southern California hospital system, told the Los Angeles Times. ”

    See, they’re with us, Henry!

  2. It really could have been worse.

    This person could have been run over by a greyhound bus full of illegals being chased by police with a flat tire spike strip by an illegal greyhound driver with felonies…back Child support for 4 kids.

    Without the flu running a marathon.

  3. this article should be followed up with this gem from jon rappaport…..

    Massive flu outbreak? Here’s the real story the media won’t touch. The lies, the hoax, the scandal. Jan
    by Jon Rappoport
    Massive flu outbreak? Here’s the real story the media won’t touch. The lies, the hoax, the scandal.

    I covered part of the scandal the other day, but here I’ll give you much more.

    by Jon Rappoport

    January 15, 2018

    In case you haven’t been following the uproar over the flu outbreak, you’ve missed the fact that…

    Health authorities admit this year’s flu vaccine is only 10% effective.

    But of course, they urge you to take the vaccine anyway.

    Why is this year’s vaccine ineffective? Because it’s made using chicken eggs, and researchers have discovered that the flu virus—which is placed in the vaccine—mutates in chicken eggs.

    Therefore, by the time a person takes the flu shot, he’s not being protected against this year’s seasonal flu virus. He’s being protected against a mutated virus that isn’t causing the flu this year.

    This is the conventional explanation. If you think it’s the whole story, I have condos for sale on the moon.

    You see, vaccines have been made using chicken eggs—not just this year—but for the past 70 years.


    That would mean the flu vaccine has been ineffective for decades. “The majority of flu vaccines are grown in chicken eggs, a method of vaccine development that’s been used for 70 years.”

    But wait. There’s more. Much more. I’ll break it down into several scandals.

    SCANDAL ONE: (I covered this the other day): Dr. Peter Doshi, writing in the online BMJ (British Medical Journal), reveals a monstrosity.

    As Doshi states, every year, hundreds of thousands of respiratory samples are taken from flu patients in the US and tested in labs. Here is the kicker: only a small percentage of these samples show the presence of a flu virus.

    This means: most of the people in America who are diagnosed by doctors with the flu have no flu virus in their bodies.

    So they don’t have the flu.

    Therefore, even if you assume the flu vaccine is useful and safe, it couldn’t possibly prevent all those “flu cases” that aren’t flu cases.

    The vaccine couldn’t possibly work.

    The vaccine isn’t designed to prevent fake flu, unless pigs can fly.

    Here’s the exact quote from Peter Doshi’s BMJ review, “Influenza: marketing vaccines by marketing disease” (BMJ 2013; 346:f3037):

    “…even the ideal influenza vaccine, matched perfectly to circulating strains of wild influenza and capable of stopping all influenza viruses, can only deal with a small part of the ‘flu’ problem because most ‘flu’ appears to have nothing to do with influenza. Every year, hundreds of thousands of respiratory specimens are tested across the US. Of those tested, on average 16% are found to be influenza positive.”

    “…It’s no wonder so many people feel that ‘flu shots’ don’t work: for most flus, they can’t.”

    Because most diagnosed cases of the flu aren’t the flu.

    So even if you’re a true believer in mainstream vaccine theory, you’re on the short end of the stick here. They’re conning your socks off.

    The basic flu symptoms—cough, fever, chills, sore throat, muscle aches, weakness—can be caused by a variety of factors that have nothing to do with a flu virus.

    SCANDAL TWO: In December of 2005, the British Medical Journal (online) published another shocking Peter Doshi report, which created tremors through the halls of the Centers for Disease Control (CDC), where “the experts” used to tell the press that 36,000 people in the US die every year from the flu.

    Here is a quote from Doshi’s report, “Are US flu death figures more PR than science?” (BMJ 2005; 331:1412):

    “[According to CDC statistics], ‘influenza and pneumonia’ took 62,034 lives in 2001—61,777 of which were attributable to pneumonia and 257 to flu, and in only 18 cases was the flu virus positively identified.”


    You see, the CDC has created one overall category that combines both flu and pneumonia deaths. Why do they do this? Because they disingenuously assume that the pneumonia deaths are complications stemming from the flu.

    This is an absurd assumption. Pneumonia has a number of causes.

    But even worse, in all the flu and pneumonia deaths, only 18 revealed the presence of an influenza virus.

    Therefore, the CDC could not say, with assurance, that more than 18 people died of influenza in 2001. Not 36,000 deaths. 18 deaths.

    Doshi continued his assessment of published CDC flu-death statistics: “Between 1979 and 2001, [CDC] data show an average of 1348 [flu] deaths per year (range 257 to 3006).” These figures refer to flu separated out from pneumonia.

    This death toll is obviously far lower than the old parroted 36,000 figure.

    However, when you add the sensible condition that lab tests have to actually find the flu virus in patients, the numbers of flu deaths plummet even further.

    In other words, it’s all promotion and hype.

    “Well, uh, we used to say that 36,000 people die from the flu every year in the US. But actually, all we can prove is about 20 deaths. However, we can’t admit that, because if we did, we’d be exposing our gigantic psyop. The whole campaign to scare people into getting a flu shot would have about the same effect as warning people to carry iron umbrellas, in case toasters fall out of upper-story windows…and, by the way, we’d be put in prison for fraud.”

    SCANDAL THREE: The so-called Swine Flu pandemic of 2009. This one is a real eye-opener. The CDC was caught with its pants down.

    Swine Flu was hyped to the sky by the CDC. The Agency was calling for all Americans to take the Swine Flu vaccine. Remember?

    The problem was, the CDC was concealing a very dirty secret.

    At the time, star CBS investigative reporter, Sharyl Attkisson, was working on the Swine Flu story. She discovered that the CDC had secretly stopped counting cases of the illness—while, of course, continuing to warn Americans about its unchecked spread.

    Understand that the CDC’s main job is counting cases and reporting the numbers.

    What was the Agency up to?

    Here is an excerpt from my 2014 interview with Sharyl Attkisson:

    Rappoport: In 2009, you spearheaded coverage of the so-called Swine Flu pandemic. You discovered that, in the summer of 2009, the Centers for Disease Control, ignoring their federal mandate, [secretly] stopped counting Swine Flu cases in America. Yet they continued to stir up fear about the “pandemic,” without having any real measure of its impact. Wasn’t that another investigation of yours that was shut down? Wasn’t there more to find out?

    Attkisson: The implications of the story were even worse than that. We discovered through our FOI efforts that before the CDC mysteriously stopped counting Swine Flu cases, they had learned that almost none of the cases they had counted as Swine Flu was, in fact, Swine Flu or any sort of flu at all! The interest in the story from one [CBS] executive was very enthusiastic. He said it was “the most original story” he’d seen on the whole Swine Flu epidemic. But others pushed to stop it [after it was published on the CBS News website] and, in the end, no [CBS television news] broadcast wanted to touch it. We aired numerous stories pumping up the idea of an epidemic, but not the one that would shed original, new light on all the hype. It was fair, accurate, legally approved and a heck of a story. With the CDC keeping the true Swine Flu stats secret, it meant that many in the public took and gave their children an experimental vaccine that may not have been necessary.

    —end of interview excerpt—

    I’ll add a few details. It was routine for doctors all over America to send blood samples from patients they’d diagnosed with Swine Flu, or the “most likely” Swine Flu patients, to labs for testing. And overwhelmingly, those samples were coming back with the result: not Swine Flu, not any kind of flu.

    That was the big secret. That’s what the CDC was hiding. That’s why they stopped reporting Swine Flu case numbers. That’s what Attkisson had discovered. That’s why she was shut down.

    But it gets even worse.

    Because about three weeks after Attkisson’s findings were published on the CBS News website, the CDC, obviously in a panic, decided to double down. If one lie is exposed, tell an even bigger one. A much bigger one.

    Here, from a November 12, 2009, WebMD article is the CDC’s response: “Shockingly, 14 million to 34 million U.S. residents — the CDC’s best guess is 22 million — came down with H1N1 swine flu by Oct. 17 [2009].” (“22 million cases of Swine Flu in US,” by Daniel J. DeNoon).

    Are your eyeballs popping? They should be.

    In the summer of 2009, the CDC secretly stops counting Swine Flu cases in America, because the overwhelming percentage of lab tests from likely Swine Flu patients shows no sign of Swine Flu or any other kind of flu.

    There is no Swine Flu epidemic.

    Then, the CDC estimates there are 22 MILLION cases of Swine Flu in the US.

    So now…when health officials begin waving red flags and raising alarms about a current viral flu outbreak, it would be more than reasonable to demand they answer questions about their past lies and deceptions.

    Unless you just want to take them at their word.

    If so, good luck.

  4. vaccines do work as they are designed to maim and kill……the question is WHAT IS IN THOSE VACCINES THAT ARE MAKING PEOPLE DIE?

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