Rihanna’s not the only singer who has ended up on an IV drip. Alecia Beth Moore, also known as “Pink,” tweeted a photo of herself with an IV taped to her arm. She was hospitalized with a serious case of the flu.
“Maybe it’s cause my mum was an Emergency Room nurse all my life – but throw me in a gown and a hook me up to an IV- and I’m a happy girl. Stomach flu sucks but morphine doesn’t (sic).”
Pink later Tweeted that she was joking about the morphine, a strong narcotic commonly used to fight pain. But the flu can be a serious illness.
Although people are generally healthier today and vaccinations are available for most stains of influenza, the affliction once killed millions of people around the world.
Between 50 million and 130 million died during the Spanish Flu pandemic of 1918-19, making it one of the deadliest natural disasters in human history. A similar outbreak, known as Swine Flu, reached almost pandemic proportions in 2009.
But only about 18,000 people died worldwide, thanks to vaccines, a generally healthier population and other medicines, according to the World Health Organization.
Most cases of the flu last four to six days and are often given the same level of importance as a moderate head cold. But the flu can still be deadly.
In the most serious cases, the flu can lead to progressing respiratory failure within 24 hours, requiring immediate admission to an intensive care unit for treatment. It can also cause severe dehydration.
Rihanna tweeted a photo of herself on an IV drip last year during her European tour when she was hospitalized for “fatigue.”
Pink who appears to be recovering gave a shout out to her fans. “Thanks for all the get well wishes. And no-they don’t give morphine for flu. I might have ulcers again. Because I care too much. It’s a gift.