Our expert says:
Bubbly, I know it as ARDS (acute respiratory distress syndrome) and it can be caused by a host of disorders – it’s not specific to the Asian flu (I think they are now almost sure it’s a Hong Kong strain).
The virus can spread by air travel, but it is spread by microscopic drops when people cough. You then breathe in these drops and get the disease. As far as they know, it’s a small percentage of people that actually develop pneumonia from it and even a smaller percentage develops ARDS.
Travelling to the East definitely increases your chance of catching it, but it doesn’t really matter whether you travel by plane or boat or whatever. The article says that it’s spread by air travel meaning that the virus is spread faster by international travellers than by water fowl (the way it is usually spread). Let me know if you have more questions. Good luck.
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