New H1N1 Swine Flu Virus in China

| June 30, 2020 | 14 Comments

Here we go again!

First. we’re still dealing with the coronavirus pandemic. While the infection and death rates are dropping in many states, in others where the distancing rules have been too loose too soon, the infection rates seem to be picking up a bit. Some of it is due to carelessness, some may be a bit of rebelliousness. Being restricted out of a need for caution is not necessarily something that more rebellious souls want to heed. It’s summer! I want to go to the beach! I’m tired of the mask and SD!  – etc., etc., etc.

But now we have a new concern and we’re getting a warning ahead of time: swine flu is rearing its head already, and it’s coming from China – AGAIN!

A new swine flu virus is in the G4 lot, which should not jump to humans, but has already been found in two human workers in China so far. It is G4 EA H1N1. Chinese government is looking into whether or not this will mutate into another pandemic before long.

From the article:  The work by the researchers is part of an ongoing initiative in China—medical workers have been regularly testing domestic swine for viruses in the hope of catching a virus jumping to humans before it runs rampant. In their , the researchers focus on testing that occurred between the years 2011 to 2018—a period during which 179 swine flu  were found, though the bulk of them were G4. They also found that the infection rate in swine has been rising dramatically since 2016, and G4 is now the most common strain found in Chinese pigs.

The researchers also found that the G4 strain included DNA from 2009’s H1N1 strain, which was behind the pandemic that year. And they found that G4 has jumped to humans—two people with active infections were diagnosed and 10 percent of those known to be exposed to infected pigs had G4 antibodies. The fear is that the G4 strain will continue to evolve to the point that it becomes able to jump from person to person, triggering an outbreak and a possible pandemic. – article

Before you go off with ‘oh, not another pandemic!’, swine and avian flu viruses are mostly harmless, but are sometimes tranmissible to Humans. The 1918 H1N1 flu, which is referred to as the Spanish flu, was an avian strain traced by CDC through its DNA to Chinese workers who had found their way to Spain before the start of World War I. They were apparently less affected by it than the Americans and Europeans who were newly exposed to it, and it was lethal to Westerners. The “Spanish flu” made two swaths of destruction through Europe/UK and the USA/Canada, and elsewhere, and then faded.

Ironically, when the 2018 flu season started, CDC could not determine its origins until they found tissue samples from 1918 that had been preserved.

From the article: Most flu seasons start off with lots of infections from influenza A viruses, which can be more severe and less responsive to vaccination than other subtypes, while generally less-severe influenza B viruses often strike later. But this year, the CDC says, two different phases of influenza A activity dominated the season, contributing to its unusual length. H1N1 circulated widely from October to mid-February, then H3N2 picked up from mid-February into the spring, according to the new report.

Even still, high early-season vaccination rates and a relatively effective annual vaccine appeared to help suppress illnesses. In total, the CDC estimates that up to 42.9 million people got sick during the 2018-2019 flu season, 647,000 people were hospitalized and 61,200 died. That’s fairly on par with a typical season, and well below the CDC’s 2017-2018 estimates of 48.8 million illnesses, 959,000 hospitalizations and 79,400 deaths. – article

Obviously, the 2018-2019 flu season was not nearly as bad as 1918, or remotely close to the current CV-19 pandemic, but it was still alarming because it spread so quickly.  If you got the flu shots, you were probably unaffected by it. I won’t say this time it’s different, but if this does transmit to humans, the vaccine will have to be available ASAP to stop the spread. The CV19 vaccine is not working up as quickly as had been hoped.
This is a warning. It is only a warning. It may come to nothing, but the Chinese may have realized that we can yank all our manufacturing stuff home with no notice, if it means preventing another pandemic spread, and they don’t want to lose that cash cow.  Not saying they are scrambling or anything like that, but it’s probably a good idea to not do stupid things.

Category: "The Floggings Will Continue Until Morale Improves", China, COVID-19

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  1. ChipNASA says:

    Oink 🐷.
    Fuck China.
    Oh and “First!”, actually just sounding off so you guy know I’m here.
    I’m stuck reading back threads from the 16th on.
    See you around. Doing great.
    Smooches fuckers!!!

    • Ex-PH2 says:

      Good you’re back, ChipNASA.

    • 5th/77th FA says:

      Put on your lipstick and kiss a pig Space Cowboy! Good to see you and The Claw. 😆 😆 😆

      The more bacon, porked chops, sausages, orasted porked beast, ribs, hams, and loins we eat, the less pigs there will be to catch ANOTHER Chinese Communist Bug. And btw, let’s lobby the kongress klowne kritters to bring back that whole country of origin for food products. Granted Smithfield supposedly uses domestic pigs for their product here, but it is still a Chinese Communist owned company. And don’t we think it odd that it was the pork packing plants that were the FIRST to show the CV19 bug?

      spapos showing up to screech that China is not communist in

  2. 11B-Mailclerk says:

    The two week “curve flattening” was repurposed into “until a vaccine” and will now be used to justify perpetual “prevention” and “emergency” edicts as a new normal.

    Unless they regain power somehow, then “back to your labors, serfs!”

  3. The Dead Man says:

    Round 2 of the Dunning Kruger parade of people screeching about social distancing. It cracks me up both as a clean room worker sometime in the past and a major in epidemiology watching people chide others for not wearing a mask. While wearing the wrong mask. Wearing their masks wrong. Constantly touching the mask then touching other things and failing to understand how vectors are made or how disease spreads in a community.

    This is made worse by the CDC website being a pain in the ass to navigate. Trying to find the surface life of COVID there drove me up a wall.

    • 26Limabeans says:

      “as a clean room worker”

      We had to wear static straps back in the 80’s
      in the die mounting room. Got the same kind
      of shaming if caught without one.
      My job was to look for microscopic traces of
      Chlorine on the newly minted die.
      Workers were advised not to use bleach on the
      clothing they wore to work.

      We had a problem in a screen room once until
      it was discovered that the test tech liked to
      wear silk panties. It was already well known
      but the link to test errors was pretty funny.
      And embarassing for the tech.

  4. A Proud Infidel®™ says:


  5. Fyrfighter says:

    “Chinese government is looking into whether or not this will mutate into another pandemic before long.”.. I guess that all depends on how hard they work at it…

  6. George V says:

    What is it about China? All the flu viruses seem to originate there as well as the oddball stuff like the Chi-com Lung Rot virus.

    Why don’t pigs in, I dunno, Brazil make flu viruses? Or chickens in Zimbabwe?

    Maybe Winnie the Xi should ask his peeps why they always produce the latest viruses and research that as opposed to… well, as opposed to being a pain in the ass.

  7. OWB says:

    Last time I had the Chicom Swine Flu it was pretty mild. At least it was only bad a day or two. Seemed a lot like another case of flu from a couple of decades ago, same sort of intensity but of a longer duration. Maybe it is a more mild case each time you get it? (Maybe this time two coughs, one sneeze and enough congestion to honk up a single hairball?)

  8. Slow Joe says:

    What the hell is wrong with China?

  9. Cornholio says:

    China is asshole!!!

  10. CM says:

    Payback for Wuhan virus?

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