Join the Meeting Place for Moms!
Talk to other moms, share advice, and have fun!

(minimum 6 characters)

why are they saying its going to be a pandemic with the swine flu BUT with the normal flu thousands of people die a year from it

and there isnt a pandemic?? i dont get it...

Answer Question

Asked by MomNbabyGirl009 at 9:22 PM on Apr. 30, 2009 in Just for Fun

Level 20 (9,279 Credits)
Answers (8)
  • doesnt make sense but I think we are Missing something in all honesty. Maybe they know it is worse then they are making it out to be, maybe it has side affects, maybe it was ON purpose this new flu????

    Answer by Bugsmommy1908 at 9:24 PM on Apr. 30, 2009

  • Because "the flu" every year is a combination of different strains.

    Answer by prettyrayray at 9:31 PM on Apr. 30, 2009

  • H1N1 is a combination of many flu strains - bird/swine/human. It's become a pandemic because it is spreading quickly by human-human contact, in several different countries. I would rather it be made a big deal and have people and govt aware and prepared, instead of downplaying it and not being informed or caught off guard.

    Answer by dragonfly7271 at 9:42 PM on Apr. 30, 2009

  • i feel it's the gov. getting everyone worked up like they did with the bird flue, i remember a movie even came out about how the world was going to end because of the bird flu! it's stupid.

    Answer by Anonymous at 9:46 PM on Apr. 30, 2009

  • The flu has 8 strains, this one has one strain of swine, one of avian (bird) flu and the rest are human flu. I suppose it is one that is so dangerous and they know little about that they have to warn the public and keeps tabs on it nationwide.

    Answer by Gigi1969 at 9:51 PM on Apr. 30, 2009

  • The people who usually die from the general "flu" season are the ones with weak immune systems, such as the eldery or very young. They die because they are already more susceptible to secondary infection from bacteria. The difference with the swine flu is that the fatalities are generally people who are the healthiest of the population-- those between 12-40 years of age.

    This swine flu is more comparable to the 1918 flu, which targeted healthy people. The more robust your immune system, the more likely you were going to die from it! The 918 flu, which had similar origins to the present swine flu, took over a person's immune system and used it as a machine to replicate more virus.

    Also, the % who die from swine flu is much higher than the % of people who die from regular flu. 159 deaths in Mexico out of 1100 infected =14.5% fatality rate. That means 4.26 mil people may die if everyone got it!

    Answer by Busimommi at 10:17 PM on Apr. 30, 2009

  • i think the goverment or sience people new

    Answer by Anonymous at 10:27 PM on Apr. 30, 2009

  • A pandemic means that it is spreading easily from human to human in communities in multiple countries at the same time. Also this is a brand new never-before-seen strain is why they are concerned.

    Answer by AprilDJC at 11:26 PM on Apr. 30, 2009

Join CafeMom now to contribute your answer and become part of our community. It's free and takes just a minute.

Next question in Just for Fun
how many????

Next question overall (Babies (0-12 months))