H1N1 Not Over Yet, Says WHOJune 4th, 2010 - 5:53 pm ICT by GD
By Madhuri Dey
June 4, (THAINDIAN NEWS) Despite all the hopes and the general consensus, the H1N1 pandemic, or the swine flu, is not over yet, as has been announced by the 15 member committee that has been investigating the cause and determining the stage in which the pandemic is at present, formed by the World Health Organization.
In fact, the committee has further dashed the hopes of the community by saying that the pandemic is far from over; that in fact, at present, it is still in the Phase 6, that is, at the highest level of alarm. This means that the United States still suffers from a grave risk of contracting the disease, despite ample measures having been taken to counter the deadly attack of the flu.
It was being commonly supposed that the H1N1 pandemic was definitely over, owing to the fact that hardly any more cases have been reported of late, and that a whole lot of measures have been undertaken to prevent further spreading of the disease. Moreover, it is not only in the United States, but also all around the world that the cases have been declining rapidly. Therefore, it was being hoped that the members of the committee, none of whom have been named officially, will be declaring that the swine flu pandemic is over, or, at least, that it is past the peak stage.
Instead, the committee informed that the pandemic is still at the most dangerous level. However, the same report states that the pandemic has actually passed the most dangerous stage in most parts of the world.
However, the activity in the Caribbean areas suggest that the pandemic is still not over in those areas, which still remain extremely vulnerable to the disease.