Sunday, May 3, 2009
Swine Flu Continues to Grow Every Day
Swine flu has now spread to 30 U.S. states and the number of countries with confirmed cases jumped to 19 from two in what was little more than a week. The expansion comes amid signs of a slowing epidemic in Mexico. The swine flu is circulating in virtually all of the US states and the WHO has raised the alert level to 5 on April 29th, 1 level below 6. Level 6 means that we are in a full-on pandemic and level 5 means that a pandemic is imminent. It's amazing how this swine flu outbreak started in Mexico, right after Mexico received such negative press about the drug cartels. New York continues to have the highest number of confirmed cases of swine flu infection. Thankfully, it is not turning out to be a strong virus in America, so people are still able to recover if they receive the proper medication. Since I live in NY, I have to take the subways and be in confined spaces. It will be so much easier for the flu to spread among New Yorkers in this situation. I'm going to continue to wash my hands frequently, but it almost seems impossible to avoid. I have taken the flu shot for 2 years now and I haven't caught the flu, so hopefully the swine flu shot will come out soon! I understand why some people feel like this flu has received too much attention and we shouldn't worry, but I also do think it is smart to protect yourself at all times. It's important to wash your hands frequently and cover your mouth from coughing and sneezing. Hopefully we'll get over this flu season sooner than later!