Colds and flu

Posted by: Bob Macluskey | 2020/03/20


Why is the country under lockdown now compared to 2008-09 pandemic?

When comparing the 2008-2009 Pandemic with the current Corona virus, why is the response different today compared to the lack of a similar response in 2008-2009? Why are countries in lockdown in 2020 when there was no lockdown in 2008-2009?

Expert's Reply


Flu expert
- 2020/03/27

Hi Bob

I asked the same question, but I think it is because this virus is more contagious than the previous swine flu (I remember waiting rooms packed with patients, which was obviously a breeding ground for catching the virus, but the corona virus is on another level, this is why we need to stay at home). Also, corona virus patients are contagious for longer before they show symptoms, compared to the swine flu, thereby making it easier to spread the virus to other people. Good luck and stay safe. 

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