Only 1 of the 20 cases have been hospitalized. Since the
US strain is a genetic match to the
Mexico strain, officials are concerned about the
potential of deaths in America from swine flu. In Mexico there have been many deaths from pneumonia
that sounds like ARDS to me.
You can protect yourself by avoiding those who cough, ask those who do
to cover their cough (not with their hands, eg. with a mask), practice good hygiene with hand washing and do
n't touch your own eyes, nose and mouth.