Thursday, October 29

Swine Flu is a National Emergency in the US

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The cases of swine flu has been steadily increasing since its outbreak in April 2009. So far, the virus has killed at least a thousand people in the United States alone. Almost 100 children had died and 46 states have already recorded numerous cases of the outbreak.

In response to this rising epidemic, President Barack Obama has declared the swine flu epidemic as a national emergency.

As part of the declaration, US Health Secretary Kathleen Sebelius can bypass federal rules in opening alternative health care sites, such as offsite hospital centers at schools and community centers. Relocating offsite can prevent further spreading of the virus to non-infected patients and health workers at community centers, hospitals and other treatment areas.

Hospitals can also change the rules to speed up access to treatment, such as requiring less information from patients so they can be given treatment as soon as possible.

For our part, we must stay vigilant in observing cleanliness with our surroundings. We can also choose to buy some form of health care, even if it is just low cost health insurance.

Worldwide, more than 5,000 people have reportedly died from swine flu since it emerged this year and developed into a global epidemic, the World Health Organization said.

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