by Chhavi Madaan | 2020-08-04

The social media apps have helped the public in bringing them together by increased socialization, widening the horizon of knowledge and much more. Except for the above-mentioned advantages, one of the major disadvantages noted of such apps is that they rapidly flood the media with the rumors and with misleading information.

One such case relating the above is observed by all the Facebook users which is regarding the comparison of Coronavirus cases with Swine flu cases in numbers. It was found that the post was publicized by a New Zealand Facebook user on 20th July 2020, in such a way that the news has been shared in the media 430 times along with  a screenshot taken on 31st July 2020 which stated that only 56 million cases more are left to reach Swine Flu cases figures. Thus, warned the people that neither take the news as false nor consider the case under ‘media hysteria’.

The World Health Organization (WHO), reported that COVID-19 is ten times more deadly and till now has infected more people than during the time of swine flu. Also, the chief of this organization, Tedros Adhanom Ghebreyesus expressed that coronavirus spreads easily and in a few countries the cases are rapidly increasing within 3-4 days. Besides this, the comment related to the news was shared by others too.

The first one who reported was, the U.S Centre of Disease Control (CDC) which said that till 3rd August 2009-2010 60.8 million cases of H1N1 virus occurred. The second one to comment about the same came out to be the John Hopkins University which informed two things. Firstly, till 3rd August 2020, 4.5 million cases have been recorded showing that approximately 56 million less COVID-19 cases in the U.S have occurred than during the Swine Flu pandemic.  Secondly, 17.9 million people have been affected by coronavirus globally.

Lastly, was the Associate Professor of Auckland University, Helen Petouis who expressed her observation via email that the mortality rate of COVD-19 is far more than Swine flu which can be seen from the figures of death cases.  The cases are increasing day by day and at present, we have no vaccine been successfully developed related to the disease. Further, on doing a comparison of data with swine flu she reported that COVID has brought a greater number of patients to the hospital and made the condition serious and critical.


  • H1N1 is a strain of the influenza virus which causes swine flu. In 2009, swine flu got its first case from Mexico and overall affected 214 countries. and as per WHO, 105000-395000 deaths occurred at that time.
  • SARS-CoV2 is a strain of the virus that causes coronavirus. In 2020, the outbreak of this disease occurred with its first case from Wuhan. In March, looking to the condition globally WHO declared the disease as a pandemic.

Hence, COVID-19 has disturbed the lives of people more than Swine flu. Until now no vaccine has been developed for both the diseases.


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