It goes without saying that 2020 has been a complete write off and now there’s an even stronger case to just cancel the year outright because scientists have discovered a worrying strain of swine flu, one that has the potential to bring upon a COVID-19-esque pandemic upon us.
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Findings show that this new swine flu strain – dubbed G4 EA H1N1 – is only carried by pigs, but there’s genuine concern it can infect humans due to its similarity to the H1N1 swine flu variant that caused the 2009 pandemic.
Most worryingly, there’s evidence that this new strain of swine flu could potentially give us another pandemic to worry about on top of the COVID-19 mess as scientists are concerned the virus could mutate into a disease that’s easily spread and current vaccines don’t appear to protect against it (though it can be adapted).
That being said, there’s no need to panic just yet. Prof Kin-Chow Chang, who works at Nottingham University and is studying the virus, tells the BBC that it hasn’t posed a big threat and isn’t an immediate problem but says “we should not ignore it” even though we’re busy fighting the current COVID-19 pandemic.
Good grief, we’re not even halfway through the year and we’ve had to deal with the COVID-19 pandemic, a global recession we haven’t experienced since the Great Depression, a long overdue reckoning on police brutality and the systemic racism permeating through every aspect of life, and now w have to worry about a new kind of swine flu with the potential to spread like wildfire.
Can we just cancel 2020 already and start afresh?
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