In January 2009, a new strain of the H1N1 disease branded as the H1N1-pdm09, popularly known as the Swine Flu, arose, developing an epidemic that persisted for 19 months (Peiris et al. 169). Similarly, to the coronavirus outbreak, no form of vaccine was discovered at the start of the pandemic, causing a pervasive fright. The first case of the H1N1 was discovered in Mexico, resulting in an infection of 24% of the world’s population. According to the Center for Disease Control and Protection, they were 151,700-575,400 deaths globally from H1N1 contagion circulation throughout the first year (467). In this case, there are numerous essential similarity between the Swine flu and HINI that can be obtained from the 2009 H1N1 epidemic occurrence.
Foremost, there are anticipated impacts of social distancing as well as an impending second upsurge of occurrences. Learning institutions were not initially shut down in 2009 as a result of the summer period being near. This can be compared to the initial periods of the COVID 19 infections, whereby learning institutions around the globe failed to close. As soon as the extensive close interaction in learning institutions was regenerated, kids with H1N1 affected other children, who later infected the adults, and the cases swelled. Both pandemics have resulted in adverse impacts on the global economy. According to Yu, the most significant effect was death and the decrease in the labor personnel (2). This has slowed down the speed of capital accumulation and the growth of GDP in nations around the globe. Therefore, there is an increasing likelihood that as soon as the mechanisms are revoked for the COVID-19 virus, and institution or summertime undertakings continue, the second wave of cases will occur.
Conclusively, the 2009 H1N1 epidemic experience provides a comprehensive instance of the probable occurrences if the current mechanisms in regards to the current COVID 19 pandemic are revoked. These acts are likely to result in another wave of infections that may prove to be severe, and every individual must heed to the lessons of the H1N1 pandemic.
Peiris, JS Malik, Leo LM Poon, and Yi Guan. “Emergence of a novel swine-origin influenza A virus (S-OIV) H1N1 virus in humans.” Journal of Clinical Virology 45.3 (2009): 169-173.
Centers for Disease Control and Prevention (CDC. “Outbreak of swine-origin influenza A (H1N1) virus infection-Mexico, March-April 2009.” MMWR. Morbidity and mortality weekly report 58.17 (2009): 467.
Yu, Krista Danielle S., and Kathleen B. Aviso. “Modelling the economic impact and ripple effects of disease outbreaks.” Process Integration and Optimization for Sustainability (2020): 1-4.