Spreading on social media is a claim that Western countries, and especially the United States, have unfairly criticised China over the Wuhan coronavirus outbreak while covering up the H1N1 American Pandemic Virus outbreak.
We will debunk this nonsensical claim, and show you why there is no such thing as the H1N1 American Pandemic Virus.
H1N1 American Pandemic Virus?
Even as China fights the Wuhan coronavirus outbreak, people are trying to capitalise on the buzz by posting fake or sensationalised news.
This fake claim about the H1N1 American Pandemic Virus was created by Gong Simi Singapore, which roughly translates as What Say You Singapore.
Gong Simi Singapore copied a table from Business Insider, which is designed to give us a better perspective of the dangers of the Wuhan coronavirus versus other virus epidemics and pandemics.
The table is factually accurate, but what Gong Simi Singapore added below was partly false, and intentionally misleading.
Note : We added the hoax stamp to avoid the image being circulated as factual.
While it does a great job of comparing the severity of various viral epidemics and pandemics, Gong Simi Singapore veered into nut job territory with this statement.
Now, let us show you why this is yet another fake story…
H1N1 American Pandemic Virus Hoax Debunked!
H1N1 Has Been Around For Ages!
H1N1 is a sub-family of influenza A viruses, some of which infect humans, while some infect pigs and others infect birds.
They are not all the same, and there have been a number of outbreaks and major pandemics, including :
- 1918 Spanish flu pandemic
- 1976 Fort Dix swine flu outbreak
- 1977 Russian flu epidemic
- 2009 A(H1N1) flu pandemic
- 2015 Indian swine flu outbreak
- 2017 Maldives swine flu outbreak
Gong Simi Singapore was most likely talking about the 2009 A(H1N1) flu epidemic, which affected the United States, so let’s focus on that for the rest of the article.
The 2009 H1N1 Flu Pandemic Started In Mexico!
The claim that the 2009 H1N1 flu pandemic (or really, any other H1N1 epidemic) started in the US is false.
The 2009 H1N1 flu pandemic actually originated in Veracruz, Mexico. That is over 500 kilometres from the nearest US border town of Brownsville, Texas.
It Was A National Emergency In The US
The claim that the US did nothing to stop the spread of the virus is also false.
President Barack Obama actually declared the 2009 H1N1 pandemic a US National Emergency on 24 October 2009.
Two different vaccines were developed and introduced by November 2009. President Obama himself received the trivalent jab on 20 December 2009.
It Triggered The First Ever WHO PHEIC
The 2009 H1N1 pandemic so alarmed the WHO that they declared their first ever PHEIC – Public Health Emergency of International Concern – in April 2009.
So any claim that there was no effort by any party to stop the spread of the virus is nonsensical.
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