In early 2020, we were shocked by the news that a virus has caused a global outbreak in most of the countries in the world. This situation has led the World Health Organization (WHO) to declare that this virus is considered a pandemic. The virus name is known as Covid-19. Fast forward to January 2021, there is still no sign that this virus will stop its attack. In fact, it has killed more than 2 million lives in this world. How far will this virus attack us? How long until we can completely stop this disease? This is a question that comes across almost all minds in this world. However, did you know that this is not the first time that our world has been attacked by a pandemic since the 2000s? In 2009, a pandemic known as H1N1 (influenza A virus) made its mark.
It all started in September 2008, the first case that was recognized as a new infectious disease arrived in North America. After a few research were made, it is found out that this newly formed Influenza A virus is known by the name H1N1. This strain was formed from the combination of swine, bat, and also human strain. Hence, the popular name for H1N1 is also called swine flu. For the record, this is actually the second pandemic that happens in this world. The first H1N1 pandemic happened on the 19’s. Back then, it was known as the Spanish flu and had managed to kill a lot of lives. In 2008, it was back in the form of swine flu.
Because of its mutation with a human strain, this gives the virus the ability to infect humans. In early 2009, H1N1 was declared by the World Health Organization (WHO) as a pandemic. By that time, this virus already killed thousands of innocent lives in most of the countries in this world. It has a high chance of infecting other people and is deemed as highly infectious. The case rises on and the virus continues its attack by spreading globally. This led to the emergence of virus-fighting protocols such as social distancing, frequent hand washing routine, wearing masks when in public, cleaning the environment regularly, and a lot of other protocols. The protocols implemented back then were highly successful and the H1N1 cases started to go down nearing the end of 2010.
In August 2010, the H1N1 pandemic was announced to be over. There was a huge relief among all of the people at that time. This virus had been here for around 19 months and had killed a lot of innocent lives. In truth, the World Health Organization (WHO) estimated that there were around 700 million until 1.4 billion H1N1 cases were reported along the timeline. This is obviously a large number of cases. It is also reported that around 18000 lives had been killed by the H1N1 virus at that time.
As we can see, it is not possible to fight the virus pandemic. One thing that we can learn from the H1N1 case is that the protocols implemented must be very strict in order to control the infection. Currently, the governments in each of the Covid-19 affected countries already implied their own Covid-19 protocols. It is actually the same protocols that we can see from the H1N1 case. As a resident, we must follow all the protocols that were implemented by our government. This will not only be very beneficial to ourselves but also to our country and the whole world. Moreover, vaccination programs have started throughout the world. Hopefully, the Covid-19 pandemic will be over soon now.