My abstract assignment will be on Scientific American, “How does the Flu Actually Kill People?” by Ferris Jabar, this article was published on 12/18/2017. The link is here. In this article, the CDC (Center for Disease Control) and WHO (World Health Organization) did a study to find out how many people had severe illness and deaths from the flu. The results showed that worldwide there were 3-5 million cases of illness and 291,000-646,000 deaths annually. The CDC also did a study to see how many deaths there were in the USA. Between 1976 and 2005 the annual number of deaths have been 3,00 to 49,000, and between 2010 and 2016 the range has been 12,000 to 56,000.The flu is one of the most deadly viruses in the world. Being killed by the flu virus is not like being killed by a snake bite or even a bullet, and neither would it be from the existence of the virus in the host. The reason for the numerous amount of deaths is because of the interactions between the body and the virus itself. As soon as it enters your body, it triggers a strong response from the immune system. The immune system sends out a large number of white blood cells, antibodies, and inflammatory molecule to eradicate the virus. The age of the human can determine if the cells and the antibodies work, also if they recover. But if the immune system’s response to the virus is too strong, it’ll damage so much tissue in the lung that the body can no longer deliver a substantial amount of oxygen to the blood, which would result as death. In most cases, flu-related deaths are abundant amongst children and the elderly. The reason for this being is because the immune system of most children is simple/naive, they might not respond optimally. On the contrary, the immune system for people of the elderly is often weakened by age and critical illness. The most effective way to protect yourself from the flu or any viral infection is to get vaccinated.From this Article, I learned exactly how the flu kills its host and the virus is not the reason for the death; it is actually the interaction between the body and the virus. A strength of this article would be, it shows statistics and numbers for the average person to get a grasp on how bad the virus really is. A weakness would be that, you probably will need prior background knowledge of viruses to understand how the flu affects the body. Would I recommend this article to someone else? Well, it depends on how much knowledge they have on the certain topic, if they do, then yes.