Is Swine Flu, H1n1 a Pandemic?

What is a pandemic

First, what it is not. A pandemic is not a seasonal flu, or a widespread disease particular to a specific group of people, (endemic). Nor is it considered a pandemic because of the number of people that it kills . For instance, cancer is widespread, and kills many, but, it is not a pandemic, because it is neither infectious nor contagious.

What it is, an epidemic of an infectious disease that spreads through the human population across a large region, which could be a continent, or even worldwide. This definition fits the H1N1, (Swine Flu). When we think of pandemics as described here, we can apply this definition to, past epidemics such as tuberculosis, smallpox, and the Spanish Flu, of 1918. HIV/AIDS is also considered a pandemic of sorts, because it is a worldwide epidemic, and it is contagious and infectious. This explanation and what follows is what I understand the information I read, to mean. If, however, I overstated, understated, or even misstated any of the things that I listed here, please feel free to correct me, because this disease if too big to mislead anyone.

The World Health Organization (WHO) says that a pandemic can start when three conditions have been met:

  1. emergence of a disease new to a population;
  2. agents infect humans, causing serious illness; and
  3. agents spread easily and sustainably among humans.

I found considerable information dating back to 1999-2005 pertaining to this pandemic. I'm not going to actually get into all of that now, as I'm trying to decipher and define what I researched through various publications.

The Spanish Flu

The Spanish Flu of 1918-19 has been called the most destructive scourge, or the worst plague in all recorded human history. The name, "Spanish Influenza" was given to that pandemic, because as the end of World War I was approaching, news censorship was still in force. And since Spain was a noncombatant country, it was left to them to report that civilians in many places were becoming ill and dying at a rapid and alarming rate. The Spanish Flu killed an estimated 50,000,000, (yes that's million), people worldwide

"According to many experts, it is not a question of if such a vicious flu virus will return but of when, and how it will return. In fact, some expect a significant new influenza outbreak every 11 years or so and a severe one approximately every 30 years. According to these predictions, mankind is overdue for another pandemic."......................This is a verbatim quote from a publication that I read from 2005. The Awake magazine, dated December 22, 2005, from a series of articles entitled The Next Global Epidemic, WHEN? So it looks like the experts that this magazine quoted hit the nail on the head.

The Swine Flu of 2009

Of course, even though the H1N1, is a pandemic, the death toll is not expected to climb as high as the Spanish Flu, because of the advances in health care. However, some today don't have the proper fear, and take the necessary precautions for prevention and treatment, so lives will be lost as a result. I was watching the news (NBC News tonight), today October 22, 2009, even though the virus is said to take the highest toll on young people between 20 and 40....................well let me tell you the gist of what I heard.

The commentator said that the flu is effecting 95% of this, (U.S.) nations college campuses. One reason is that the college campuses are a breeding ground, because of the close living quarters. And these students are coming back from their respective homes, some even Internationally, and bringing back whatever strain that's indigenous to their homelands. Mainly the H1N1.

What was shocking to me was the attitudes of the young people interviewed. They seem to be in denial. They have the typical young person's attitude, "they're too young to die, nothing will happen to them." Most even said that they won't change their habits, like sharing in the typical beer guzzling parties, in which numerous young people drink from the same receptacle. But what was most shocking of all, most are not taking the flu shot. Now it remains to be seen how they will fair, with those attitudes.

The conclusion

So in conclusion, lives have been and will continue to be lost due this horrific pandemic, however there is the possibility of survival for the vast majority. We must take the attitude, that, "it can happen to me." Using this attitude and the desire for it not to happen to us, we must follow the advice of the health care providers.

Some advice: Cleanliness, cleanliness, cleanliness, meaning habitually washing hands, with soap, at least 15 seconds under running water, also using hand sanitizers. Keep hands away from nose and mouth when in public. Sneeze into your bended arm, in some cases wear masks. Stay home if you're feeling ill. Washing dishes with a little bleach. Building up your immune system, through proper eating habits, supplements, also lots of rest and sleep. During the next five months, (flu season), stay away from unnecessary large crowds. These are some tips, that I've heard and known from experience, please feel free to add any that you may have heard, and, or know from experience.

SO TAKE CARE AND BE SAFE!


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© 2009 Alfreta Sailor

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creativeone59 6 years ago from Gold Canyon, Arizona

Thank you fastfreta, for a very informative hub on H1, N1 virus. thank you for sharing. creativeone59


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fastfreta 6 years ago from Southern California Author

Thanks creative one for stopping by.


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Hovalis 6 years ago from Australia

We seem to be coming to the tail end of the Swine Flu epidemic here, well at least for the time being. Winter was an interesting time to say the least. I knew several people who came down with Swine Flu, and another who sailed on the Pacific Dawn who ended up in quarantine (that was when they were still taking stats here). I had the flu shot, but it was for different strains. Thankfully I didn't end up getting the flu.

From what I understand of the Spanish Flu, the real test is going to be if it mutates. That's what happened between the first and second waves in 1918. The first wave was similar to the Swine Flu that's circulating now, and the second strain was deadly, as was the third....and then it died out. I just hope this one doesn't mutate like that one did. :-(


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fastfreta 6 years ago from Southern California Author

Thanks Hovalis, for your input. I hope when reading my hub that the readers will also read your comment. Very interesting addition to my hub. Thanks, please come back.


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Veronica Allen 6 years ago from Georgia

Thank you so much for this vital information. I appreciate how you mentioned that common sense methods such as properly washing your hands and sneezing in the crook of your arm will help protect you to some extent. I think this hub is right on time.


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fastfreta 6 years ago from Southern California Author

Thanks Veronica for your comment and validation of my hub.


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Hello, hello, 6 years ago from London, UK

This is a really great hub and very informative. I agree with you about so many things which can be done and as you say it is cmmon sense. Thank you.


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Lowell's Notes 6 years ago

Thanks for the info. Great Hub!


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fastfreta 6 years ago from Southern California Author

Thanks Lowell's Notes, for stopping by, please stop again soon.


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habee 6 years ago from Georgia

Thanks for the info. I wrote a hub a while back about swine flu. We should link them together!


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fastfreta 6 years ago from Southern California Author

Please do link them, I'm not quite up on how to do that, please help me. Thanks habee.


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shyonegb 6 years ago from Australia

Fastfreta, here in Australia the Swine Flu has not been considered a Pandemic, but the media is stating that America is worst hit. My concern for the Americans is that the Swine Flu Vaccinations are forced upon. The vaccination itself can also cause death. You need to research further about the vaccination and your rights of being forced to take the vaccination. Please also read the true investigations on swine flu in www.prisonplanet.com . The truth is out there !!!


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fastfreta 6 years ago from Southern California Author

Thanks shyonegb, I too have heard negative things about the swine flu shots, which makes me leery, of the shot. I personally don't take flu shots for my own reasons, so it was not a problem for me. Actually I try everything that I can to stay safe. I also take great care to build up my immunity. That's not to say that I can't get the flu, but, I work hard at it. Thanks for the insight, I will go over and read more info.


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fastfreta 6 years ago from Southern California Author

Thanks Jake for stopping by, and for your comment. Please come back soon.


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rosescottw 6 years ago from Los Angeles, California

Hi fastfreta

I'm taking a class in Microbiology, we were just discussing about that H1N1 Flu. Interesting article.


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fastfreta 6 years ago from Southern California Author

rosescottw, thanks for stopping by, and what a coincidence. I hope you were able to get something from my research, to take to class with you. Please stop by again.


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aguasilver 6 years ago from Malaga, Spain

Colloidal silver will also combat the H1N1 virus, it will not stop you getting it, but it will reduce the viral proliferation a lot, making it more containable and allowing your body to deal with it faster.

http://hubpages.com/health/Dosage-instructions-for...


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aguasilver 6 years ago from Malaga, Spain

Colloidal silver will also combat the H1N1 virus, it will not stop you getting it, but it will reduce the viral proliferation a lot, making it more containable and allowing your body to deal with it faster.

http://hubpages.com/health/Dosage-instructions-for...

.and fastfreta, here's a link to the other site you a¡wanted to link with, links between hubpages are acceptable!

http://hubpages.com/health/Pregnancy-H1N1-Flu-Fact...

Just copy your page URL and go post it in the other sites coments!


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fastfreta 6 years ago from Southern California Author

Thank you so much aguasilver, I really appreciate your advice about colloidal silver. I once used it for my son with his ulcerative colitis, however he was in the hospital at the time and was too afraid to continue using it. It did help, and would have helped him even more, had he continued using it.

Thanks for the help on posting links, I hope I can follow them, as I'm as dense as they come when it comes to these things.


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create a page 6 years ago from Maryland, USA

Hi fastfreta I see that you are now wearing a different hat. You have evolved from comedian to medical adviser. It's amazing, because you do very well either way. I can tell that you did thorough research for this hub. I found it very informative and interesting. Great work.


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fastfreta 6 years ago from Southern California Author

Thanks create a page, you're too kind to me, yes I did do some research, which I can say that I'm hating less and less, because I learn so much by doing it. Thanks for stopping,see you again soon.


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Micky Dee 6 years ago

Great side of an issue. Thanks. Thanks also for stopping by.


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fastfreta 6 years ago from Southern California Author

Micky Dee I certainly appreciate your reading of all of my hubs. I will return the favor, not just because you read mine, I really do enjoy reading yours. See you soon.

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