What Can Governments Do To Stop Future Pandemics?

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Explain why governments are concerned and what measures can be put in place to prevent or cope with future pandemics What is a virus? A virus invades the body’s host cell and gets inside our DNA. The cell bursts and releases bacteria into the rest of the body. One of the main problems associated with viruses is that some are highly contagious and can spread easily. Last year a shockwave escalated through the nation. Swine flu had struck, or had it? The H1N1 disease originated from Mexico and initially it was predicted that 65,000 people would die, however, this number was further reduced to 1900. The flu could be spread by a simple sneeze or cough or even touching the surface where someone with swine flu had been. The government were extremely concerned that this was going to be a repeat of the 1918 and 1957 pandemics; where nearly 50-100 million people died worldwide, but, the pandemics became milder as time went on. The deaths were reduced due to medical advancements and more people were aware of the actions needed to prevent the disease; so who is mot at risk? Anyone can suffer from swine flu, but children (specifically under 5’s because their immune systems aren’t fully developed yet), pregnant women and people with existing health problems; are the most affected. The puzzling aspect of the H1N1 virus is that it also effects the healthier of us. At one point, out of 77 deaths 1/5th were extremely healthy. The difficulty is that it is hard to prevent because it is spread by airborne droplets due to the way we live e.g.; transport, big groups; therefore, how can it be prevented? The virus can be treated by anti-biotic called Tami-flu, however; the drug comes with a list of side effects. Some would argue that it’s not worth the risk but, really the only people that are advised against the drug are, again, children and people with

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