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In the spring of 2009, a novel influenza A (H1N1) virus emerged. It was detected first in the United States and spread quickly across the United States and the world.
This new H1N1 viru...
From April 12, 2009 to April 10, 2010, CDC estimated there were 60.8 million cases (range: 43.3-89.3 million), 274,304 hospitalizations (range: 195,086-402,719), and 12,469 deaths (range: 8868-18,3...
Though the 2009 flu pandemic primarily affected children and young and middle-aged adults, the impact of the (H1N1)pdm09 virus on the global population during the first year was less severe than th...
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According to health officials, tens of thousands of Americans die from the flu each year, while the new virus has far less infected.
But the new virus may, in fact, be deadlier, and th...
Older people and those with weak immunity are more susceptible to the virus. Children, who get infected severely by the flu are only showing mild or no symptoms to the new virus.
Flu infects far more people but there are vaccines for it. The new virus currently has no treatment or vaccination.
Current data for the severity of the virus shows that 80 percent have a mild infection, 15 percent had a severe illness and 5 percent critical illness.
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Near the end of World War One, the Spanish flu infected over a quarter of the world's population and claimed between 50 and 100 million lives.
During this pandemic, cities around the US ...
One of the goals of social distancing is to delay the spread of the virus, so it reaches people more slowly.
The idea is to lengthen the time period over which the virus travels through a population and push the peak number of cases back so it appears later. With a lower rate of spreading, less infected people will need urgent care and resources at any given time.
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