The 2011 H1N1 Pandemic Fiasco

Saturday, January 1, 2011
By Paul Martin
January 1, 2011

Despite three people in East Yorkshire already dying from swine flu this year, Jim Deacon, assistant director of emergency planning for the NHS in the Humber region, insisted the threat is no greater than in the past.
Swine flu is the most predominant strain of flu this winter and is classed as part of seasonal flu.

Mr Deacon said deaths from seasonal flu are not as high as previous years and the fact the most common strain this year is swine flu is “not significant”.

“But you would expect something like 2,000 deaths nationally from flu by this time of year and it is about 400 so far.

The above comments encapsulate the 2011 pandemic fiasco, an abject failure to control the spread of H1N1 in 2011, which is well represented by the health care crisis in the United Kingdom.

The fiasco really traces back to the SARS pandemic, when laboratory confirmation was used to define and quantify SARS coronavirus infections. There was a clear need for an accurate number of cases because of the significant financial, political, and social impacts of infections, and shortly after the mysterious disease began to spread internationally, a laboratory test based on the novel coronovirus was in place and distributed worldwide.

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