According to the World Health Organization (WHO), a pandemic can start when three conditions have been met
* Emergence of a disease new to a population.
* Agents infect humans, causing serious illness.
* Agents spread easily and sustainably among humans.
A disease or condition is not a pandemic merely because it is widespread or kills many people; it must also be infectious. For instance, cancer is responsible for many deaths but is not considered a pandemic, because the disease is not infectious or contagious.
Originally posted by Fromabove
Do not fear, this flu cannot hurt you, it's no more than a bad cold and they know it.
Originally posted by swinggal
Yep...and that's EXACTLY what they said back in 1918...then 30 million people died. I'm certainly not panicing but I see nothing wrong with being cautious and prepared.
Originally posted by Extralien
Well, here it is.. seems like this is it. Not that we see much in the way of anyone doing anything to stop it right now.
According to a source  known to former NSA official Wayne Madsen, “A top scientist for the United Nations, who has examined the outbreak of the deadly Ebola virus in Africa, as well as HIV/AIDS victims, concluded that H1N1 possesses certain transmission “vectors” that suggest that the new flu strain has been genetically-manufactured as a military biological warfare weapon.
Many health experts say WHO's pandemic declaration could have come weeks earlier but the agency became bogged down by politics. In May, several countries urged WHO not to declare a pandemic, fearing it would cause social and economic turmoil.
"This is WHO finally catching up with the facts,
Originally posted by XXXN3O
How long have they been absolutely dying to scream pandemic at the masses?
Move along, nothing to see here apart from desperate fear mongering journalists.
In my opinion.
Because that flu started killing a lot more people a lot quicker than the Swine flu of today. I doubt they took it so light-hearted.
But so far, the media doesn't seem to be grabbing this and running with it too much. I saw a small blurb down the page on CNN for example. They are hardly playing it as frontpage, groundbreaking news.