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In a press briefing on Friday 1 May in Stockholm, scientists at the European Center for Disease Prevention and Control (ECDC) estimated that 80% of the European population could be affected by the Influenza A/H1N1 virus (new "politically correct" name for the swine flu) but that in most cases, it would be only a "mild form of flu".
Only the eldery and patients with chronic diseases, who have a weaker immune system, would be at risk of developing a more serious illness, and so the Health Authorities had to focus on protecting these vulnerable people.
A mild form of flu? Does it mean just another type of seasonal flu among others? And in this case have WHO, the media and politics been over reacting and exaggerating the thread?
At the same time, Mexican authorities report that the situation is improving and have reduced the number of confirmed cases.
Around the world, more and more people have the feeling that they have been fooled by the gloom and doom prophets, and that there was actually no serious reason to get so scared.
Wait a minute: is it necessary to remind that the "regular" seasonal flu, for which we have vaccines, kills around one million people every year?
In the best scenario, even if proved "milder" than expected, this new H1N1 strain is an additional variant in the Influenza viruses family, one that has the ability to spread quickly from person-to-person, and against which humans have no real immunity.
In fact, there is not enough data to predict which evolutionary path this new variant will follow. Influenza viruses mutate as they are transmitted through a population, as their genetic material recombines, and no one knows what that next genetic mutations will mean in terms of transmissiblity and lethality.
Given the nature of Influenza and the experience of previous pandemics, I think that the WHO and other health organizations have been prudent, and with good reasons.Read »