As the number of H1N1 (swine flu) infections worldwide soared past the 5,000 mark, Singapore has basically waved the white flag and admitted that the flu will reach Singapore sooner or later.
However Singapore’s Health Minister Khaw Boon Wan said that the fatality rate associated with the H1N1 virus is currently very low and there is a possibility it may simply become one of the normal influenza strains. Reason for this belief is because although the virus has affected people in about 30 countries, it has only claimed five lives outside Mexico.
So the virus is not as serious as first feared and that’s good news for everyone. Hopefully they can find a cure for it as soon as possible, because chances are the virus will be around for a while and it may come back stronger than ever.
The last thing we need is another mass panic.