“American hospitals, which often operate unnervingly close to full capacity, likewise struggled with the surge of patients

“American hospitals, which often operate unnervingly close to full capacity, likewise struggled with the surge of patients. Pediatric units were hit especially hard by H1N1, and staff became exhausted from continuously caring for sick children. Hospitals almost ran out of the life-support units that sustain people whose lungs and hearts start to fail. The health-care system didn’t break, but it came too close for comfort—especially for what turned out to be a training-wheels pandemic. The 2009 H1N1 strain killed merely 0.03 percent of those it infected; by contrast, the 1918 strain had killed 1 to 3 percent, and the H7N9 strain currently circulating in China has a fatality rate of 40 percent.”

One thought on ““American hospitals, which often operate unnervingly close to full capacity, likewise struggled with the surge of patients

  • by Nicole Morrill

    I believe clinical trials for a H7N9 flu vaccine have started but with the growing anti vaccine movement in the states, it will be a public health disaster if it ever gets here. And flu viruses mutate so quickly. We are definitely over due for another epidemic.

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