The Death Toll Rises-Will the Swine Flu Disappear?
The death toll in Mexico has reached 159, with approximately 2500 hospitalized with the Swine Flu. The flu is taking a huge toll in Mexico, but does not seem to be having the same affect in the United States. In the Summer of 1918 when Swine flu reared its ugly head, it disappeared during the summer months. In the summer people are outside more often and tend to be in less enclosed and confined spaces, so the flu is less likely to flourish. However, in 1918, during the Fall, the Swine flu came back with a vengeance and killed 20 million people.
Although vaccinations might work against one aspect of this strain of flu, the likelihood that it will work for all strains is unlikely. the flu is a mosaic, or combination of at least 4 different strains, which makes it difficult to treat.
This flu is transmitted through respiration, and it is possible it could run rampant in schools and college campuses. The virus can live on surfaces for up to 48 hours, but usually only lasts seconds, so it is likely to be spread through sneezing and coughing. Be ever diligent, because this flu may go underground for a few months, and then come back with a mission. It is not the time to panic, but it is time to remain alert and aware.