Swine Flu Update: Name Change

May 1, 2009 at 21:58 Leave a comment

Swine flu has had a change of name. It is now known as H1N1 flu. Far less catchy, but much more pig-friendly. Methinks that this is a political move, partly to save the pigs, but mostly to salve the feelings of those with socio-religious porcine stigmatizations. Apparently, New Zealand ain’t having any of this nonsense and is sticking with the original name.

Whatever the name, Singapore is still at Alert Orange, but we are still case-free, thank God.

I think there are now two camps of thought about the severity of this illness. One camp takes it very seriously. The other is sceptical and talks about media-generated hysteria and mass control.

The Singapore government is taking it seriously. On the whole, I am pleased and reassured by this. It would be silly of them to sneeze at this. After the SARS experience, things moved into place quickly and efficiently. And although MOH releases statements like “the declaration of Phase  5 is  a strong signal that a pandemic is imminent”, the Health Minister also said that “we must also not go into unnecessary overdrive”, which I think is sensible. I do think that the measures being employed on the ground may qualify as overkill, but I won’t quibble with better-safe-than-sorry at the moment.

At the moment, WHO describes the situation as stable. The mortality rate isn’t exactly alarming so far. If nothing worse happens, then I suppose the sceptic camp will have won the day, and swine flu will go down in history as an international ‘meh’.


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