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Influenza A H1 N1: W.H.O. is scared?

Updated on May 20, 2009

Spread of Influenza A H1N1

Influenza A H1N1: Pandemic!?

Since the start of the influenza pandemic, the world has been enveloped in fear and people have been extra-cautious in preventing disease spread and subsequent infection. As of May 16, 2009; a total of 8,451 officially reported cases from 36 countries have been confirmed. Of these, Mexico has reported 2895 laboratory confirmed human cases of infection, including 66 deaths. The United States has reported 4714 laboratory confirmed human cases, including four deaths. Canada has reported 496 laboratory confirmed human cases, including one death. Costa Rica has reported nine laboratory confirmed human cases, including one death.

The following countries have reported laboratory confirmed cases with no deaths - Argentina (1), Australia (1), Austria (1), Belgium (2), Brazil (8), China (4), Colombia (11), Cuba (3), Denmark (1), Ecuador (1), El Salvador (4), Finland (2), France (14), Germany (14), Guatemala (3), Ireland (1), Israel (7), Italy (9), Japan (4), Netherlands (3), New Zealand (9), Norway (2), Panama (43), Peru (1), Poland (1), Portugal (1), Republic of Korea (3), Spain (100), Sweden (2), Switzerland (1), Thailand (2), and the United Kingdom (78).

With these significant population in mind, I was wondering what are the features common to the said group? People knowadays are not content with just the simple gesture of hi or hello, a heart warming smile or a pat or wave of hello. Though technology bridged the gap of communication, people have been more personal with their approach to hospitality. The handshake has become a mediocre, what has been prevalent are the exchange of kisses and the different variants of hugs. The more intimate, aggressive and personal approach to hospitality has indeed been a significant vehicle for the transmission of diseases.

On the other hand, I was contemplating whether this was just coincidence or God has a reason for the said spread of disease. I am no saint but when I think of Mexico two things come in my mind; Catholicism and Sin. Maybe this has been strategically placed to lessen the intimacy and lust for sin in these areas.

At least we get to have more money saved for other stuff, since travelling has been a significant risk factor. And that the fear of being quarantined abound.

Yesterday, while I was about to watch Angels and Demons; I could not help but notice the myriad of people swarming over my favorite mall. The thought of Influenza A H1N1 crossed my mind and suddenly my mind imagined of a deserted mall, dusty schools, empty streets and highways and crowded, toxic hospitals.

Are we gonna wait and hope for Angels?

Or live in fear with our Demons?


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