Thursday, May 7, 2009

Up to 2 Billion Could Become Infected with Swine Flu

Up to 2 billion people could get the swine flu (AH1N1).

Pandemics typically last about two years and infect about one-third of the world's population.

If the current epidemic becomes a pandemic and lasts for two years, it could infect 2 billion people, if the pandemic follows the patterns of past pandemics, says the WHO.

See the AP story here.


Matthew Maxwell said...

This is some scary stuff.

I found your blog looking for other web developers. I am young in the game of web design, but am very interested in people with the same interests.

ShutterSparks / KW2P said...

Yes, it is potentially scary. But bear in mind that health systems are much more on top of it than in past pandemics. On the other hand, the population is larger, denser, and more mobile, which makes transmission easier. We'll have to wait and see what develops.

I've been doing web design since about 1996. I'm actually an electronics engineer and software guy since 1968. I don't consider myself an expert creative web designer, I'm more of a programmer type. But I have done a lot of sites. I tend to keep the designs simple and I avoid the bleeding edge. For example, when CSS came along, I ignored it for several years. Finally I came across a page I had to design that could really benefit from it so I used it. Now I use it a lot more because of doing stuff with DHTML and AJAX. (using software to fiddle with the contents of the DOM on the fly based on user input or interactions with the server.)

So I don't know if I can be much help but I'll be happy to try and answer any question.