A well organised, automatically updated, and easy to read, easy to understand timeline of events, from new case confirmations, new infections, and school closings to technical details on the H1N1 Swine Influenza/Flu pandemic. This site also provides automated translations of foreign language articles for English speaking readers.
What is swine flu?
Updated 19 March 2010
Why worry, seasonal kills 36,000 people a year, swine flu is nothing compared to that?
The CDC uses indirect modelling methods to estimate the number of deaths associated with influenza. Thus the much publicised figure of 36,000 is not an estimate of yearly flu deaths, as widely reported in both the lay and scientific press, but an estimate – generated by a model – of flu-associated death, he says.
What is swine flu?
Swine flu/H1N1 can be spread before symptoms start and several days to a week or more after symptoms end.
What is this about kids and swine flu?
There have been many reports of healthy kids with no conditions dying in one or two days from this.
Is swine flu deadlier than normal flu?
How is swine flu spread?
Should the very young and the very old be worried?
What are some possible problems in the future?
- H5N1 avian flu: Swine flu has moved into Egypt and other countries that have avian flu. Avian flu kills almost every person it infects. Scientists are worried about these two combining and hitting a middle ground in fatality ratios.
- H1N1 seasonal flu – Northern Hemisphere: Flu season has ended in the Southern Hemisphere. However, it’s starting to be active in the Northern Hemisphere. Seasonal flu worldwide is resistant to Tamiflu, whereas swine flu is susceptible to Tamiflu. Both of these viruses are H1N1, which means drug resistance could be passed along to novel H1N1 influenza.
Why is the United States no longer testing for swine flu in healthy people?
- Lack of resources: The RT-PCR specific test for swine influenza is more time consuming and takes much longer than a rapid test (which can’t tell if it’s swine flu specifically)
- No seasonal flu: There is NO seasonal flu in the United States. 99.9%+ of all cases of flu are novel H1N1. There is very little to zero seasonal influenza in the Untied States right now.
Seasonal flu in the Northern Hemisphere?
It’s 2010 and it’s gone now. Why worry?
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