Wednesday, March 18, 2020

Remembering how we handled the swine flu in 2009

A friend of mine shared this from wikipedia with me and I think this is great information for everyone to have. It's a great reminder for all of us about viruses from our past. Jacki

On April 26, 2009, the U.S. Department of Health and Human Services declared Swine Flu a public health emergency. On October 24, 2009, President Barack Obama declared Swine Flu a national emergency in the United States. On November 12, 2009, the CDC reported an estimated 22 million Americans had been infected with 2009A H1N1 and 4,000 Americans have died. On December 10, 2009, the CDC reported an estimated 50 million Americans or 1 in 6 people had been infected with the 2009A H1N1 Virus and 10,000 Americans had died, by which time the vaccine was beginning to be widely distributed to the general public by several states. On December 23, 2009 the CDC reported a reduction of the disease by 59% percent and the disease was expected to end in the United States in January 2010.

Swine Flu symptoms
Schools closed in many states in response to local flu outbreaks. By April 30, 2009, 300 U.S. schools and school districts had announced closures in response to the outbreak, giving 169,000 students time off. On May 4, 2009, about 533 schools in 24 states in the U.S. were closed, affecting about 330,000 students. On September 25, 2009, 42 schools were closed in eight states as the second wave of the pandemic began.

On May 5, Kathleen Sebelius stated in a CDC news conference that school closures for single confirmed cases of H1N1 influenza were unnecessary, but that parents keep their child home if he or she displays an influenza-like illness.

Several US airlines waived fees for cancellations and flight changes. At least one cruise line changed the itinerary to avoid Mexican ports of call.

It seems we have all gotten into a panic with this flu strain. Italy doesn't have the structure to handle their cases. We are very fortunate to be living in the USA. If everyone chills, follows the washing hands, and staying home a while if you can, while we wait for it to blow over. It is not party time so keep to the home base. You can see the Swine flu did not have the effect this flu has on the population, but it was a pandemic in 2009. There is something to learn here on caring for one another and being kind. Helping the old folks with shopping etc. And chill out.
  • Wash your hands, over and over again all day. 
  • Consume Vitamin C about 2 to 3 grams per day.
  • Take Garlic Extract for the next month.
  • When out in public keep a zinc lozenge in your mouth.
  • Gargle with diluted hydrogen peroxide after excursions and at bedtime.
  • Supplement with Nano or Colloidal Silver (1 teaspoon - 2 to 3 times daily)
  • Continue doing all the other things you normally do to support your immune system.

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