A true influenza pandemic occurs when almost simultaneous transmission takes place worldwide. In the case of pandemic influenza A(H1N1), widespread transmission was documented in both hemispheres between April and September 2009.
Why was it called Swine Flu?
What is H1N1?
Symptoms of include:
- High temperature/fever (not always present)
- Sore throat
- Nasal symptoms runny or blocked nose
- Eye symptoms irritated, watery or red eyes
- Achy body
- Tiredness/lack of energy
For some people, swine flu is a mild, self-limiting condition that goes away in time with rest and treatment of symptoms. For others, antiviral treatment is required, and for some, the condition develops into pneumonia or acute respiratory distress syndrome. This requires hospitalization and more invasive treatments.
Number of Confirmed Cases
Treatment During the Pandemic
Comparisons Between the Swine Flu Pandemic and the Covid19 Pandemic
During the global pandemic of 2020, many comparisons will be drawn between Covid19 and other illnesses. However, it is essential we remember that each virus while they may be similar have very different impacts on a population. Government responses to viruses depend on many things, including the virulence (how easy the virus spreads), the severity (how severe the illness is), and which demographics it affects most. The time of year is also an important consideration, as seasonal flu and other respiratory conditions are more prevalent during the winter months. While previous epidemics can help us to prepare and be aware, they cannot predict the pattern that another viral pandemic might follow.