Also known as swine flu, H1N1 is a novel influenza virus that was first detected in 2009. That same year, the World Health Organization declared that it had reached the level of a pandemic. It spread across the globe in a similar way to how seasonal flu viruses do.
To understand what is H1N1, we have to look at its origins. Laboratory tests discovered that the virus’s genes look similar to flu viruses prevalent in pigs. However, further tests found that it has its differences. There are genes within H1N1 that exist in pigs, birds, and humans. This has led to scientists calling it a “quadruple reassortant” virus.
The most common symptoms someone with H1N1 will experience are the following:
- Sore throat
- Runny nose
- Congested nose
- Body aches
- Body chills
Some people also experience vomiting and diarrhea, although those symptoms are less common. In extreme cases, death can result. With 60 million cases in the US and over 12,000 deaths within the first year of it spreading, this virus has been the worst viral outbreak in recent history, prior to COVID-19. Symptoms start occurring within 5-7 days of initial exposure to the virus.
Although H1N1 is not currently as widespread as it was in 2009, it still remains a risk. Alliance Enviro-Tech can disinfect both residential and commercial spaces thoroughly. Our Path-Away anti-Pathogenic Aerosol solution® can kill H1N1 in under five minutes, giving you peace of mind to know your place is a healthier space. Contact us to learn more about how we can help.