04 May 2009

The facts about the swine flu - H1N1 virus

Some short facts about the "swine flu":

  • At the moment there is a high accumulation of cases and deaths. The accumulation of cases happens with every illness which can be transferred by coughing, sneezing and body contact (touching hands, kissing...) compare it with the normal influenza which many persons get each year

  • The virus is not just transmitted from the pigs. It is an unusual hybrid virus from different animals + human and from different locations of the world:
    Avian and swine virus from North America, swine flu strain from Asia and a human influenza strain.
    How can a pig in Mexico get a swine flu strain from Asia? Never saw a flying pig ;-)
    Are Pigs the real infectious reason for it or does the disease just need a new name?
    Most possible it is a laboratory generated virus, isn't it?

  • Comparing the bird flu with the normal influenza will have similarities with the actual swine flu!
    There have been over 400 human bird flu cases since 2003, over 250 persons died afterwards
    Actually there are 1490 official cases reported by the WHO and 30 of them died in the last days (Source: Influenza A (H1N1) - update 16 - 5th May 2009, daily one or two updates!) .
    Looks like there are less death persons than from the "bird flu", just more swine flu cases at once.
    Deaths by the normal influenza (in the United States of America): 36.000 per year, worldwide up to 500.000, bird flu death toll on average 40 per year!

  • UPDATE 05.05.2009: Schools should not be anymore closed if a kid shows symptoms of swine flu
    Short summary of the news:
    The kids should just stay seven days at home, Swine flu no more dangerous than the seasonal flu!
The only tips i want to give:
  1. Take care of your hygiene,
  2. wash your hands more often each day,
  3. avoid crowded place like public transportation, Fast food restaurants (many youths who don't care that much about clean hands ;-))
  4. look out for signs in other persons but don't think everyone who sneezes has the swine flu :-)
  5. Give your immune system in advance the right nutrition, vitamins and minerals.
Good luck, stay healthy and happy, don't panic!!




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