The virus so far appears to be effectively well controlled by the two most common antiviral flu medications, Relenza and Tamiflu. They have some side effects that are generally well tolerated.
The question will come up, whether to treat or not, just to stay home or not. I think around here, people will want to be treated. There may be sporadic reports of Tamiflu or Relenza shortages and will increase anxiety. Whenever there are shortages of anything people sometimes freak out. There probably will be plenty of Tamiflu as we did not use nearly as much as we did last year and the CDC has stockpiled 50 million doses. However, there may be local and transient shortages and that will add to the excitement.
The interesting thing about the Mexican experience is that most of the severe cases and deaths involved healthy young adults. This echoes the 1918 influenza pandemic signature. The most vulnerable populations typically, i.e. the youngest kids and oldest adults appear not to have been severely affected.
Currently, as of this morning the CDC is generally recommending home isolation of cases as most cases appear to be fairly mild. They want us to stay at home for seven days after becoming ill. Or at least 24 hours after symptoms have resolved whichever is longer.
How information will be transmitted will be interesting. I predict a twitter storm of swine flu information and it will be useful/hazardous mode of communicating public health information/panic about swine flu.
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