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H1N1 scare spreads through year

Keerthika Ramakrishnan
January 6, 2010

The scariest event of the year started when 4-year-old Edgar Hernandez was diagnosed with the first case of the H1N1 swine flu in Mexico March 28. By April, two children from California were diagnosed with first cases of H1N1 in the country. By the end of April, the swine flu had caused over 20 deaths, and the fear of H1N1 spread throughout the world as a phase four pandemic. A phase four pandemic is defined as a human-to-human spreading virus. With the first death in the United States, the swine flu became a phase five pandemic, meaning that more than one country was affected by the disease. About 300 schools closed when the disease was declared contagious.

Parents were skeptical about sending kids to school and students started more precautions. Students started washing their hands more often, used Purell hand sanitizer whenever possible, and stopped sharing food and drinks.

“If anyone coughed or sneezed in class, I felt like moving away from them. I didn’t want to risk getting anything.” senior Bhupinder Kaur said.

Students even stopped sharing their food and drinks.

By June it had caused over 30,000 deaths all over the world. Students traveling around the world during summer came in contact with the flu in transit at the airport. With fall arriving and re-opening of school made our government produce vaccines. With many students, teachers, and administrators vaccinated, our school has done its part to contain the flu.

So far, 50 million people in the United States have been infected with the H1N1 along with 200,000 hospitalizations and 10,000 deaths. The rate at which the H1N1 has spread has been great, but the rate of deaths has decreased. Analysis done by the directors of Centers of Disease Control and Protection say that H1N1 in the year to come will be like the common flu and be treated as a seasonal flu. MSNBC also says that this flu will be considered the lowest ranked pandemic because the spreading of flu has decreased, and estimated deaths are low. The upcoming year is bound to bring in more medical advancements and better health from the H1N1.

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