States with most Swine Flu cases now victims of majority of COVID-19 cases as well
Part of: GS Prelims and GS-II – Health
- 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:
- 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.