Mar 13, 2020 notes
It is definitely crazy times. The last influenza pandemic was the 2009-2010 swine flu, and I don't remember anything about it.
Yesterday, I read about the Swine Flu Pandemic on the CDC website and at Wikipedia. It was first documented in the U.S. in April 2009. That spring some elementary and high schools closed, but I don't know about universities. That fall, the CDC recommended universities suspend fall classes IF the outbreak was worse than in the spring.
In the spring of 2009, some communities implemented social-distancing plans. The 2009 Swine Flu was a bit different because it mainly impacted younger people.
In June 2009, the WHO declared a pandemic. A vaccine became available in November 2009 after the peak of the 09-Swine Flu.
At that time, I worked at the BSBO, and we never cancelled any of our field trips, conferences, and other public events.
From April 2009 to April 2010, the CDC estimated that in the U.S., over 12,000 people died from 09-Swine Flu from 60 million cases. In that one year period, the CDC estimated that between 151,000 and 575,000 people died worldwide from the 09-Swine Flu.
Globally, the 09-Swine Flu killed a much smaller percentage of people per cases, compared to other influenza pandemics. I think that the "recent" previous flu pandemics occurred in the late 70s and the late 60s. It's possible that advancements in medicine have occurred over the past 50 years.
Officially, the 2009 Swine Flu is called A(H1N1)pdm09. According to the CDC, that strain of flu is now:
"... a regular human flu virus and continues to circulate worldwide seasonally."
I think that our annual flu shot covers that strain of flu.
Covid-19 will also become a regular human virus that occurs seasonally.
Obviously, each flu strain is different, and it's invalid to compare 09-Swine Flu to the 19-Corona Virus on technical matters, but both were labeled pandemics, and I don't recall any hysteria occurring in 2009, only 11 years ago.
For 19-Corona Virus, the incubation and contagious periods are much different, and the death rate may be higher, but still, do you remember the 09-Swine Flu pandemic? Catherine graduated high school in 2009, and I don't remember any concerns.