posted on May, 4 2009 @ 08:24 PM
Without wanting to sound alarmist, we should keep in mind that the Great Influenza Pandemic came in waves. The first struck from February through
about August, 1918. Large numbers of people were infected, sickened, laid low. Few died. Some who died were young and healthy, which is unusual in
normal influenza. Some fatalities were surely not recognized as being related to the flu, but were attributed to pneumonia and other URI's.
Even during the February through August period, there were some isolated outbreaks of a highly lethal form of URI that was so unusual it wasn't
recognized to be influenza. Some doctors thought they were dealing with the Black Plague.
We dont know why this happened. We don't know whether it will happen again. We simply don't have enough information to make any sort of firm
statement. However, the possibiity should be considered.
Now would be a good time to set into place such precautions and treatments as we can. It looks like this current outbreak isn't the Big One. Maybe
we've got time to prepare ourselves for that pandemic. And maybe there will be on "Big One". In that case, we haven't lost much in trying to be
prepared. But if we don't prepare and this is the one, we're in a world of hurt.
H1N1 Influenza type A is nothing to sneeze at (pun intended).