Neil Schemenauer's Web Log


October 28, 2009

H1N1 flu takes off

Take a look at the Google Flu trend graph. The Canada Health FluWatch report has a similar graph. Saskatchewan is starting to roll out the vaccine but I suspect it will be too late to help most people.

BTW, can the media please stop calling it "swine flu"? The CDC says "further study has shown that this new virus is very different from what normally circulates in North American pigs. It has two genes from flu viruses that normally circulate in pigs in Europe and Asia and bird (avian) genes and human genes."

Also interesting is that the best guess is that it's contagious one day before symptoms are shown. Based on that, I think it would be prudent for the government to shutdown schools and universities for a week or two. That would be a small cost in exchange to helping to avoid overloading the health care system.

No need to panic but given that fact that this virus attacks lung tissue, some caution would be prudent. Please consider getting vaccinated.