To the Editor:
Where were you in 2009 when we had the influenza Swine Flu H1N1 epidemic in the United States? I was flying to Houston, Texas, stopping at BWI Baltimore airport, where more people who had attended the inauguration of Barack Obama boarded. There, 1.1 million people attended this inauguration.
During April, Swine Flu cases appeared in Texas and California. Although called a national emergency operation in early April, the Swine Flu pandemic of 2009 infected 22 million people in the U.S., one in six Americans, and by the end of the epidemic 11,760 Americans had died, among them 1,100 children.
The Swine Flu spread throughout the U.S. during 2009. There was no national testing panic and a vaccine for Swine Flu was not nationally available until November 2009.
However, throughout 2009, sporting events continued: the Super Bowl was won by the Patriots, the BCS basketball March Madness continued, won by North Carolina men’s and UConn’s women’s teams. Spring baseball continued through the entire season, won by the Yankees, NASCAR continued.
The Indianapolis 500 was held. The Triple Crown horse championship was won by Always Dreaming, the U.S. Open tennis tournament was played. Perhaps all had helped spread this disease.
We have an early start to contain the current coronavirus, Covid-19; this will limit the amount of community spread.
Hang in there. “We have nothing to fear, but fear itself,” FDR said. And the media, Twitter, Facebook, he might have added