H1N1 & COVID-19
Swine flu and COVID-19 have been repeatedly compared in the past few months, given that they’re both pandemics that sparked major panic across the world and in the United States. These two illnesses have a lot in common— signs, symptoms, and diagnoses but, -they’re just a little different. COVID-19 is definitely serious because it easily passable. COVID-19 (SARS-CoV-2) does not require an incubation time to pass.
“Swine flu was the last major pandemic we had before COVID-19″
-Amesh A. Adalja, MD; senior scholar at the Johns Hopkins Center for Health Security.
Real Quick: What is the Swine Influenza, again?
Swine flu was a novel influenza (H1N1) a virus that emerged in the spring of 2009. Swine flu was detected first in the United States and then spread across the country; creating an epidemic, and eventually the world; creating a pandemic. It contained a blend of flu genes that hadn’t previously been documented in Russia. This virus was capable of jumping from animals (pigs) to humans. This was the first time humans could be susceptible to an animal virus.
H1N1 Note: After one year the virus went down another seasonal influenza strain. The United States was still suffering from the affects 2010. Many Americans hardly remember this flu. government and the CDC explained it would come back every year, as a reminder to get your flu shot.
The CDC says, COVI-19 (SARS-CoV-2) seems to spread more easily than flu. Also, COVID-19 can cause more serious illnesses in some people.
What do we know: BOTH are influenza viruses
Swine flu (H1N1) – Passed by air droplets. A virus that was discovered to create a transmission from animal to human. Meaning a human could transmit it to a animal, this case a pig, but, an animal could not transmit to to a human. H1N1 virus can transmit humans from animals.
Virus life: 2009- still mutating.
COVID-19 ( SARS-CoV-2) – Passed by air droplets. A virus capable of passing human to human without incubation. Meaning the virus is passable without a temperature signs or symptoms. (This has not been possible before)
– This is possible for animals
Virus life: 2019- still mutating.
Treatment for BOTH viruses are the SAME? YES
Those include the following, per the Food and Drug Administration (FDA):
- oseltamivir phosphate (Tamiflu)
- zanamivir (Relenza)
- peramivir (Rapivab)
- baloxavir marboxil (Xofluza)
COVID-19 has jumped the timescale. Weather it was done by accident or strategically we have seen an antigen that would have taken a thousand years to mutate; like COVID-19 influenza type, is capable of, in just 10 years. SARS-CoV-2 is serious because it has been proven to have been
bio-engineered genetically modified. This type of rapid science is only known to happen under a microspore. Bio- engineering Genetically modifying is something we have been doing for decades in the food, drug, and agriculture industries. The food industry improves yields such as cotton and corn and wheat. Herbicides and pesticides to prevent loss of crops due to insects. Also, shield from some freezing flashpoints. The drug and food Industry has worked together to create Lactose free dairy. Allowing individuals lactose free dairy and more digestible cheeses, yogurts and milks. The modification of our weather has improved our snow melt numbers. It ensures later crops irrigation in the later seasons and improvs climate temperature. Modification has been known to improve lives by offering people options and abundance.
But, Is It the right thing to do? And if we swing the pendulum the other way what kind of modification will we discover, for example, Teratology.
“If only it were all so simple! If only there were evil people somewhere insidiously committing evil deeds, and it were necessary only to separate them from the rest of us and destroy them. But the line dividing good and evil cuts through the heart of every human being. And who is willing to destroy a piece of his own heart?”
― Aleksandr Solzhenitsyn, The Gulag Archipelago 1918–1956