Saturday, May 2, 2009

Swine flu, or Influenza A (H1N1) - the pandemic that isn't ...

Well, while the country's health care system gets increasingly paralyzed by extreme measures of screening etc, the swine flu, or more correctly the Influenza A (H1N1) (I hate having to type out that mouthful), seems to be fast losing steam.

Was it ever an pandemic? Yeah, I think so. It quietly became a pandemic when human to human spread was demonstrated outside of Mexico. But I think everyone is fast recognizing that virus isn't as problematic than what had been anticipated. Not that it would not later mutate into a greater evil, but for the moment it seems as tame as a pussy cat.

Over reaction? Most definitely, but with the wisdom of hindsight. Better safe than sorry? Possibly. But the problem is that with each false alarm, people begin to take it less and less seriously.

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