1. Well I can't get into the specifics of HOW people die. Yes, people die from a lot of things including regular flu.
2. Yes but not as much as you think because what you don't get is that we've never seen H1N1 before (DON'T call it the Swine Flu because there already IS something called the Swine Flu and this is not it and this is hurting the pork industry when H1N1 is NOT food-borne. H1N1 has components of Swine Flu, Bird Flu, and human influenza) and we have no vaccines or antivirals. We also don't know HOW and WHEN it's going to mutate.
3. It's already spread extremely fast... In less than a week this thing is in Mexico, the US, Israel, Germany, etc...
4. Don't know how long it lasts but the symptoms are just your regular flu influenza.
I am so just annoyed by this. It's not your fault. Don't call it the Swine Flu because that's NOT what it is. It's the H1N1 virus that we call the Swine Flu when in reality, Swine Flu is already a different flu. This has caused the pork industry to falter. H1N1 is NOT food-borne.
We've NEVER HAD H1N1 before which is why we keep hearing about it. It has components of Swine Flu, Bird Flu, and human influenza. Here's an answer I gave someone before.
The alert level just reached a 5 on the pandemic scale out of 6 so therefore (also said by Margaret Chan-head director or WHO) a pandemic is imminent which are the exact words she used. But a pandemic isn't how severe (kind of) it's mostly where it's at and how it's spreading which is why it's a 5 out of 6. You can search online for the level 5 criteria. It's mostly just evidence of human to human transmission and in how many countries in a WHO associated state. No one is immune to it because we've never seen this before. We don't know how it will mutate and we don't know when which is why influenza ESPECIALLY a new kind is so complicated.
Don't call it the Swine Flu because it's hurting the pork industry-THIS DISEASE IS NOT FOOD-BORNE. Call it the H1N1 virus because that's what it really is. It has components of the swine flu existent in pigs and humans AS WELL AS the bird flu and human influenza. The reason it's all over the media is because there is no vaccine and there is no antiviral to fight it since it IS a new thing that we've never seen before.
That said, it is not something to be seriously worried about. Just use simple common sense but do a little more about it. Do the regular things like washing your hands (20 seconds with the soap and 15 to rinse it off-put your hands in the water BEFORE you apply the soap), cover you mouth when you cough by coughing onto your ARM (area close to your shoulder) because coughing into your hands will only transfer the bacteria onto something when you touch something. If you are experiencing flu-like symptoms, call your doctor and get a blood test to see if you have H1N1 and if you do, don't go to school or work and if you have kids, take EXTRA measures to make sure they don't get it.
That's the real deal.