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The 2009 Swine Flu Outbreak

Posted: Mon Jun 29, 2020 9:59 pm
by ArchGuy1
Back in 2009, the swine flu lead to concerns about a possible Spanish Flu like pandemic and possibly having things shut down. The epicenter was located in Mexico and many businesses and schools were shut down. What are your memories of the swine flu pandemic.
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Re: The 2009 Swine Flu Outbreak

Posted: Tue Jun 30, 2020 11:16 pm
by GalaxyFlyer
Pretty didn’t have any memories, but that was during Obama’s reign—media didn’t do bad news and it wasn’t much of a story anyway.

Re: The 2009 Swine Flu Outbreak

Posted: Wed Jul 01, 2020 11:36 am
by LabQuest
I worked in a trauma center at the time and it was a concern and we planned for it but saw only a few cases. We had mandatory vaccinations as a condition of employment.

Re: The 2009 Swine Flu Outbreak

Posted: Wed Jul 01, 2020 9:05 pm
by einsteinboricua
GalaxyFlyer wrote:
Pretty didn’t have any memories, but that was during Obama’s reign—media didn’t do bad news and it wasn’t much of a story anyway.

Probably because action was taken early on to control the spread instead of downplaying it and blaming Bush for not leaving a playbook or empty cupboards.

Re: The 2009 Swine Flu Outbreak

Posted: Wed Jul 01, 2020 10:26 pm
by ArchGuy1
einsteinboricua wrote:
GalaxyFlyer wrote:
Pretty didn’t have any memories, but that was during Obama’s reign—media didn’t do bad news and it wasn’t much of a story anyway.

Probably because action was taken early on to control the spread instead of downplaying it and blaming Bush for not leaving a playbook or empty cupboards.

What kept the swine flu from becoming something like the Spanish Flu or COVID-19?

Re: The 2009 Swine Flu Outbreak

Posted: Thu Jul 02, 2020 4:16 pm
by Noris
A pig farm in Leicestershire I used to drive past at that time culled and incinerated their entire inventory. The smell was something to behold and I'm not so keen on pork scratchings now.

Didn't catch the flu, nor did anybody I knew at the time.

Rgds.

Re: The 2009 Swine Flu Outbreak

Posted: Thu Jul 02, 2020 4:33 pm
by einsteinboricua
ArchGuy1 wrote:
What kept the swine flu from becoming something like the Spanish Flu or COVID-19?

Here's some info on it.

Re: The 2009 Swine Flu Outbreak

Posted: Thu Jul 02, 2020 4:52 pm
by waterpolodan
My wife contracted it while in law school back then, she was virtually immobilized for about 2 weeks, too weak to get out of bed. She was 23 and otherwise in perfect health.

Re: The 2009 Swine Flu Outbreak

Posted: Thu Jul 02, 2020 8:57 pm
by ArchGuy1
waterpolodan wrote:
My wife contracted it while in law school back then, she was virtually immobilized for about 2 weeks, too weak to get out of bed. She was 23 and otherwise in perfect health.

How did she get caught up with coursework?

Re: The 2009 Swine Flu Outbreak

Posted: Fri Jul 03, 2020 5:16 pm
by waterpolodan
ArchGuy1 wrote:
waterpolodan wrote:
My wife contracted it while in law school back then, she was virtually immobilized for about 2 weeks, too weak to get out of bed. She was 23 and otherwise in perfect health.

How did she get caught up with coursework?


She became ill just before finals/holiday break, so the school allowed her to take the finals when she returned in January, but it was a struggle for her to study/catch up.

Re: The 2009 Swine Flu Outbreak

Posted: Wed Jul 08, 2020 2:26 pm
by trpmb6
A coworker in the same cubicle as me came down with the swineflu in 2009. We weren't sure how he got it. He was 22 or 23 and in perfect health. Like someone else above noted, he was immobilized for 2 weeks. Nobody else at our office got sick though.

Much different than covid19. Because it immobilized you so much, you weren't able to go out and easily spread it once you had the symptoms. Covid19 instead is easily spread by superspreaders to multiple people without anyone exhibiting symptoms. In a way, the effectiveness that swineflu had against young people is what enabled us to stop its spread easily without much effort. The opposite is true for Covid19.