News channels have been completely taken over by the news on the H1N1 swine flu in the last few days. Swine flu is caused by a new flu virus strain, a mixture of various swine, bird and human viruses.
The US has declared a public health emergency on Sunday. Mexico where the virus seems to have first been found have their businesses, schools, etc shutdown for days together. The World Health Organization has activated its 24-hour war room command center.
With so many news outlets reporting various numbers, it is easy to get the wrong notion between the number of ’suspected cases’ vs ‘confirmed cases’.
It is important to stay informed with the right facts. At times like these misinformation can spread like a wildfire.
Swine Flu Google Maps Mashup
This Google Maps mashup shows the global swine flu cases with different colored markers.
- Purple – Confirmed or probable
- Pink – Suspected cases
- Markers with no dots – Deaths
- Yellow – negative
BBC Swine Flu Map
BBC also maintains a swine flu map showing the history of cases reported as the days progress. This is being updated everyday with number cases per country.
H1N1 Swine Flu FAQ
In spite of it’s name, this virus now spreads among humans and eating pork doesn’t infect you. In fact, this virus spreads just like a common cold – when an infected person near you coughs or sneezes or if you come into contact with the virus via eyes, nose or mouth. Simple hygiene like washing hands could help protect yourself to a certain extent.
Stay informed. Stay healthy!