After weeks of saying it without saying it, today WHO is moving the pandemic scale from phase 5 to phase 6.
In the U.S. and many other countries, this is simply a formality, as the actions being taken by the various governments (local, state, provincial, federal) will stay on course, unaffected by the WHO declaration.
CDC believes that novel H1N1 (swine flu) is at a category 2 out of 5 on the pandemic severity index.
Brushing away all the extra words and getting to the core, nothing new has happened with the virus.
Everyone is waiting to see what happens in the Southern Hemisphere this summer. It’s their flu season and the virus may mutate, get more severe, die down, or remain at its current level of severity.
There will be another holding of the collective breath this fall as we see what happens when flu season gets going in the North.