Dear John/Jane Q. Public:
You have the flu. That sucks and is a shame, etc. Its a bad year and right now ERs are filled with people with the flu. Which is stupid.
ATTENTION ALL FLU VICTIMS:
Follow this closely:
DO NOT, REPEAT, DO NOT, COME TO THE EMERGENCY ROOM FOR YOUR FLU SYMPTOMS UNLESS YOU ARE:
1) >98 or < 1 years old
2) are dying
There is nothing we can do for you people. You are just going to have to ride it out. You are going to have to do what people used to do in the old days: rest, fluids, perhaps chicken soup.
You are clogging up ERs right now, leaving less beds for the truly sick. Your mother could be having a heart attack and we don't have a room for her because you and your flu are taking that bed.
If you do come, you will wait for hours in the waiting room with a mask on your face. That doesn't sound very fun does it?
One last thing, DO NOT call an ambulance for flu symptoms. It will not get you a bed in the ER any faster. You will go out to the waiting room with everybody else.
That is all. Go about your business.