I was around during 2009. We had the internet during 2009. I watched the news daily in 2009. Where was the outrage, the fear, the concern? Where was the streaming body count on cable news? I barely heard mention by the media of the Swine Flu H1N1 which originated in Mexico. Not even FOX News covered it. I wonder why?
Who was president then? Oh…Obama right after they passed Obamacare. Hmm. No wonder the press didn’t cover it. No wonder Democrat governors weren’t demanding hospital equipment and beds on national pressers. No wonder we weren’t told to wash our hands. No wonder Dr. Fauci was nonchalant about it at the time. No wonder there was no shelter in place which would have tanked the already weak economy. No wonder they didn’t close schools. No wonder we didn’t ban incoming flights from hotbed countries. The economy couldn’t go any lower at that point. Plus, Obama was the most non-transparent president in modern history. And the media was and still is the most protective of a president that I’ve ever seen. Yet Susan Rice is asking for Trump to resign? Really? Trump has been transparent about this virus from day one even while he was being impeached under false premises.
The 2009 flu pandemic was the second H1N1 pandemic the world had seen — the first being the 1918 Spanish flu, still the most deadly pandemic in history. The 2009 pandemic was caused by a new strain of H1N1 that originated in Mexico in the spring of 2009 before spreading to the rest of the world. By June of that year, there were enough cases that the World Health Organization declared the swine flu outbreak a pandemic.
In the U.S., between April 2009 and April 2010, the CDC estimates there were 60.8 million cases of swine flu, with over 274,000 hospitalizations and nearly 12,500 deaths. Live Science
The American public has been aware of this outbreak in China since February and knew about the citizens returning that were in quarantine across the country, yet people still crowded the subways of New York, still attended Mardi Gras in New Orleans, still visited contagious rest homes, still packed bars and restaurants, still went on cruises, still crowded beaches for spring break, still went on European vacations, still attended concerts and conventions, and still took ubers and taxis, i.e. they ignored warnings and common sense. They behaved like a surfer ignoring the risk of an undertow. An undertow is invisible, much like this virus, and deadly.
If we had done nothing about this outbreak in the U.S. and the media never reported it like during the Obama Administration, the death toll would probably be at 10,000 by now and the media would be foaming at the mouth claiming it’s Trump’s fault. But we did try to contain and starve it by closing down businesses across the country at the risk of job losses. No telling how many lives were saved so far. And the media is still claiming it’s Trump’s fault. He’s damned if he does anything and damned if he does nothing.
The 2009 flu pandemic primarily affected children and young adults, and 80% of the deaths were in people younger than 65, the CDC reported. That was unusual, considering that most strains of flu viruses, including those that cause seasonal flu, cause the highest percentage of deaths in people ages 65 and older. But in the case of the swine flu, older people seemed to have already built up enough immunity to the group of viruses that H1N1 belongs to, so weren’t affected as much. Live Science
Another difference between the two pandemics was testing.
The most commonly used test for H1N1 is called a rapid influenza diagnostic test, which looks for substances (antigens) on a swab sample from the nose or back of the throat. These tests can provide results in about 15 minutes. Mayo Clinic
A test with results in 15 minutes is a huge difference between the two epidemics. Obviously with such a quick test, patients would know within minutes if they were contagious and possibly stop the spread. There was no need to have test kits manufactured. No need to send them somewhere awaiting results for days. But even with this convenience, there were 60 million cases of the Swine Flu in the U.S. under the Obama Administration.
What’s the main difference between the Coronavirus and the Swine Flu other than the politics:
— Coronavirus is far deadlier than the flu. Thus far, the mortality rate for coronavirus (the number of reported cases divided by the number of deaths) is around 3% to 4%, although it’s likely to be lower because many cases have not yet been reported. The flu’s rate is 0.1%. MIT Technology Report
Maybe the moral of this tale of two epidemics is that Trump took it more seriously. He didn’t want one person to die. Trump has more compassion. He had instincts to ban flights from China early on at the ridicule of “I-did-that” Biden and the biased hateful media, possibly saving thousands of lives. He recommended isolation of people at the risk of his great economy that he was running on. So he cared more about the people than his reelection which ironically may get him re-elected. Because when you do something selfless rather than selfish, you are a better leader.
One thing we have learned so far is that Pelosi cares little about “the workers of America.” She held up a perfectly perfect stimulus bill that was ready on Sunday by adding a lot of liberal pork to it and claiming it was all for corporations before and now for the workers. The woman is a pathological liar. She should be removed from her position immediately. The bill has still not been passed as more and more workers are getting laid off (probably her intent) from suffering companies and more and more suffering patients are dying in hospitals awaiting needed supplies. She has unemployment and blood on her hands. She wants nothing more than to tank Trump’s economy at all costs. Thanks a lot selfish, heartless, greedy Nancy.
4 thoughts on “Swine Flu of 2009 Killed 12,500 Americans, Yet There Was No Media Panic. Why?”
I was just researching this and interestingly they were only able to roll out 5000 tests in 2 months and probable cases were counted due to lack of testing after ruling out other strains of influenza. Vaccines initially were very limited to only high risk patients. Not a peep about it by the media
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Media back then did all they could to cover up anything negative. Just the opposite now.
I do remember the swine flu, but not vividly, because the coverage of it was rather casual. I was fortunate that I didn’t contract it, but not because I was being cautious, I was living my life as normal. Took an extended road trip vacation in the late spring and was on the road for a month. Never gave it a serious thought. Thanks for covering this topic, highly interesting.
dear sister all over the world politics has become game of scoundrels