Spreading everywhere, but still mild. They are unsure if it will stay mild. The first cases in Mexico were probably mild as well, and they thought it was only seasonal flu so they went unnoticed.
They actually cannot stop the spread. Mitigation strategies are designed only to delay it, and give communities time to muster resources if it becomes more virulent. If everyone is sick at once, there is no one to take care of the sick...If you spread things out, it's easier to handle.Tracking cases is almost impossible now. Many will go unnoticed again because this is still mild.
Building up immunity is a good thing, but remember these viruses mutate very rapidly. There may be only limited immunity, and even none at all if there truly is a second wave is next winter.
It's kind of eerie really. We will grow used to this mild sickness, and it will fade away. Everyone will breath a sigh of relief, and wonder what all the hoopla was about. We will forget this, and move on. Then next winter, bam!
Let us hope it does not play out that way anyway, but it feels very strange to me right now and, so very different from watching bird flu cases which are still continuing despite this new flu virus. In fact we will probably not even know if this virus is in bird flu endemic areas like Cairo or Jakarta though it likely will be given the pattern of spread. It is all very disorienting, at least to me.
Hopefully we will not need to use our stockpile of Tamiflu this time around. We may really need it later though Secretary Sebelius said very reassuringly in the press conference today that they could make more. I am sure that they could, but how quickly if even the manufacturers were getting sick in a 2d wave? That is why, incidentally, those people are in a priority group for receiving the antivirals first. We need them to be able to function.
Just my 2 cents...