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States with most Swine Flu cases now victims of majority of COVID-19 cases as well

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  • May 7, 2020
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States with most Swine Flu cases now victims of majority of COVID-19 cases as well

Part of: GS Prelims and GS-II – Health 

In News:

  • Data from the Health Ministry’s National Centre for Disease Control (NCDC), show that the five States/UTs – Maharashtra, Gujarat, Rajasthan, Delhi and Tamil Nadu accounted for the highest number of swine flu cases (H1N1) since 2015.
  • These states are hotspots for people infected with COVID-19 as well. 

Important value additions:

Swine Flu

  • H1N1 Flu Virus (Swine Flu) is an infection caused by type A influenza viruses.
  • It is usually found amongst pigs
  • Human infections may take place as well.
  • It is contagious and spreads from human to human.
  • Symptoms: Fever, cough, sore throat, body aches, headache, chills and fatigue.
  • Both H1N1 and COVID-19 belong to different virus families.
  • Both infiltrate the lungs and cause respiratory infections with varying fatality.
  • Swine flu has a higher fatality rate (deaths per confirmed cases). 
  • It also causes significant deaths in children as well as those less than 60.
  • COVID-19 is relatively more dangerous to those above 60 and almost harmless in children.

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