For over ten years, Wendy Williams never took time off from her television show due to an illness. Last week, the live television show tapings for Wednesday, Thursday, and Friday (February 14 to 16, 2018), were suddenly canceled because Williams was experiencing flu-like symptoms. The show’s producers ran re-runs because Williams was too sick to be there in person.
With all that in mind, Fox News reports, she doesn't have the flu.
“It's not the flu yet, but I feel flu-ish,” she said in an Instagram video. “It’s not a five on a scale of one to five, it’s not even a four.”
One can't really blame fans for the speculation about the flu, however. There is cause for concern because a variety of flu that the media are calling the “Australian Flu” is causing deaths in Australia and three times more deaths than normal in the UK.
CNN says that 84 American children died from the flu since the start of the flu-season during October 2017. Anyone with exposure to global travelers from Australia, the UK or to people who have passed through those countries recently should exercise caution as they might be a carrier for the strain of flu that scientists call A-H3N2. A talk show host with many guests from all over the world could be vulnerable.
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The strain of A -H3N2 flu was first discovered last year. The flu vaccine is only 25 percent effective in preventing it. There is about a three-day period before an infected person shows any symptoms. This is when they are highly contagious. The virus is an airborne contaminant, so a sneeze or a cough puts billions of the tiny virus particles in the air.
Flu strains are rated accordingly to their ability to cause death. The A-strains of flu are the most deadly. Usually, it is old people and the very young that are most susceptible. Flu deaths, in a good year, are less than 600 globally, even if many tens of thousands get sick.
However, there is always the possibility that a flu epidemic can happen, which is so virulent that it kills million like the Spanish Flu did in 1918.
Wendy Williams gave all of her television viewers a scare during October 2017 when she suddenly collapsed while filming the show. Her collapse was attributed to getting overheated in her Statue of Liberty Halloween costume and being dehydrated. Nevertheless, because of this collapse, her fans have been closely watching her for signs of illness ever since.
Luckily, US reports that Wendy returned to filming her show on Monday, Feb. 19, 2018. She joked about the paparazzi being outside her door and camped out in front of her doctor’s office. She said she likes to cover “Hot Topics” on her show; however, it felt weird to be a Hot Topics’ topic. She said she is happy to be back at work and there is nothing to be worried about. However, it is always a bit terrifying when there are news stories about people dying from something as common as the flu.