In 2009, the world witnessed a new epidemic of influenza. This influenza was initially called swine flu and later the name was changed to H1N1 influenza. In the same year, the WHO declared this worldwide epidemic as a pandemic.
This virus, unlike the flu virus, had the highest mortality rate in a short period of time. The virus attacked the weakest part of the body and made it weaker. And, the patient’s chances of getting better became minimized. For instance, if a person is suffering from asthma, the virus made the person more prone to asthmatic attacks and eventually caused death. It also made arthritis conditions worse or chest related problems worse.
However, the cure for swine flu was taking Tamiflu. The mortality rate of the swine flu virus depended mainly on there health condition of a person. If a person is very healthy, then the virus would not harm in anyway and would end up like a normal influenza fever.
Many people started believing that they could get swine flu if they ate pork. However, it could only be contracted from another person. All over the world, during the pandemic stage, the H1N1 virus claimed nearly 15,000 lives. Also, there were several unreported deaths because of the virus. However, the WHO guessed that the mortality rate could have been around four percent, or over 18,000 deaths. Also, at the same time, some health critics believed that the rate of swine flu was exaggerated and there was an unnecessary eagerness in people to prevent themselves from it. Also, some of the statistics showed that people died more due to diarrhea everyday rather than swine flu.
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