Are things getting worse?
A new emerging virus has been found in pigs in China that shares the same traits as the 2009 Swine Flu and 1918 Pandemic Flu. Dr. Fauci from the White House coronavirus task force has stated that the virus does not appear to infect humans, however, it has shown “reassortment capabilities.”
Fauci says new swine flu found in China hasn’t been shown to infect humans, but it’s demonstrating reassortment, which could cause spread. Not an “immediate threat,” but “you always have the possibility that you might have another swine flu-type outbreak” https://t.co/vAOmsWGPI6 pic.twitter.com/FzrRnjVNz5
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He clarified stating, “In other words, when you get a brand new virus that turns out to be a pandemic virus it’s either due to mutations and/or the reassortment or exchanges of genes. And they’re seeing virus in swine, in pigs now, that have characteristics of the 2009 H1N1, of the original 1918, which many of our flu viruses have remnants of that in it, as well as segments from other hosts like swine.”
Fauci made sure to warn lawmakers that there could be a “possibility that you might have another swine flu type outbreak as we had in 2009.”
Fauci then stated that in order to beat the current virus and possibly another swine flu, is to wear face masks and distance in public.
“Specifically, I’m addressing the younger members of our society, the millennials and the ‘Generation Zs. I ask those that are listening to spread the word, embrace the universal use of face coverings.”
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