In an article published by CNBC, it was reported that Dr. Anthony Fauci, White House Coronavirus Advisor, and US Health Officials are looking into the new strain of virus carried by pigs in China. The new strain is seen to have characteristics of both the 2009 H1N1 virus and the 1918 Pandemic Flu. Called ‘G4 EA H1N1’, scientists claim that, although it does not infect humans, it is exhibiting ‘reassortment capabilities’.
“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,”states Dr. Anthony Fauci, White House Coronavirus Advisor and Director of the National Institute of Allergy and Infectious Diseases.
Scientists also add that both H1N1 Swine Flu and 1918 Pandemic Flu were both horrific viruses in history. The H1N1 Swine Flu infected 60.8 million people in the United States and 700 million worldwide. Meanwhile, the 1918 Pandemic Flu is estimated to have killed 30 million to 50 million people. Read more: Dr. Anthony Fauci says new virus in China has traits of 2009 swine flu and 1918 pandemic flu, an article by CNBC.
The new strain is identified to have ‘all the essential hallmarks of a candidate pandemic virus’.