I kind of think that for most folks, their concern and fears about swine flu probably peaked that day when the World Health Organization raised the threat level of the H1N1 virus up to level 6 and declared it a full pandemic and started talking about shortages in available vaccinations. While this sounded an alarm in most people's minds, it has not resolved in the world meltdown or some other world level disaster. As a result, it splashed onto the scene, and then disappeared into the chaos of the news cycle.
As time has passed since that original pronunciation that we have a CDC pandemic on our hands, it has proven to be less than an all-consuming virus that's spreading non-stop across the globe. Yes, some people have died of H1N1 virus complications; however, it's been less than originally forecast. In the United States, the number of people who have died as of October 2009 has just passed the 1000 mark. So, I felt that, like most people, it was more hype than reality.
I felt that way until I started reading an eBook on the swine flu pandemic. It went into how to protect yourself and your family from what is called "novel strains of Influenza", which is exactly what Swine Flu is categorized as. While pandemics like H1N1 seem to start out slow, they can eventually end killing about 100 million people before it's run its course.
1918 Pandemic Flu
In the span of time, it has not been that long since the last pandemic hit the world. The year 1918 comes to mind, and that's a little over a century ago, and while medicine has come an incredible way since that original outbreak of H1N1, it came out of now around the same time of year, disappeared for a little over two months and returned in the fall.
And, when it returned, it had changed. The mutated virus ran through the population dropping folks like flies. People turned blue and shortly died to a point where the cities did not even have adequate coffins to bury the dead. As a result they had to stack the corps and dig mass graves to hold them.
2009 Pandemic Flu
While there are obvious similarities between the 1918 strain and the 2009 one, we have progressed in the way that we deal with it. There is also evidence that this is not the first incarnation of a virirent strain of influenza. This is just one of the surprising facts I learned in Survive Pandemic Flu. I can also guarantee that those officials that we all laughed at early on for raising the alarm with nothing happening, were not quite the idiots we first thought them to be.
Usually when someone reviews a book, they say that this is the most important book you'l read this year, which we all know is just so much hype to make sales. So, I will not lay it on you about Survive Flu Pandemic. Make up your own mind based on the way things are unfolding on the news. Is this going to be the most important book you'll read in 2009? If you find it to be true, thank me later for pointing you in the right direction.