April 30, 2009
Posted: 1708 GMT

Today is going to be a different day at I-Desk. We'll be devoting the whole hour to picking apart the H1N1 Flu (aka Swine Flu). We'll have a panel of experts live in the studio answering questions and we'll go live to our correspondents who are, as usual, right where the action is. Leave your comments below and we'll be sure to try to ask as many of them as we can live on air.

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ransome   April 30th, 2009 5:19 pm ET

what is swine flu and what are the chances of surviving it

Judy   April 30th, 2009 5:46 pm ET

How does this virus get to carrie three (human,bird,swine) parts of different DNA within it? I thought usually the DNA of a virus is sort of changed everytime the virus goes from one host to another?

Take care! Judy, Germany

Jacob   April 30th, 2009 6:03 pm ET

What are the chances of the virus mutating to become more 'potent' or lethal?
Will the strategy of groups like the CDC or WHO change in such a case? If so, how drastically?
What measures have been taken for such an eventuality?
What has to happen for there to be a total stoppage or ban on travel?

pradip   April 30th, 2009 6:05 pm ET

THEME (4 Hala's special): " LET SENSE PREVAIL" plz don't scare us!. If that guy from Africa is scared s*** abt Swine Flu reaching Africa, then its ur job, more importantly the guests' job to reassure us- the layman.

2. (a primer/101): Plz restrict the contents of the show to Understanding : the H1N1 .i mean try and avoid social/eco/pol. impact if possible.

pradip./ india.
p.s.>> no weather reports on show(as is wont) JUST help us understand the working/making of Flu.

pradip   April 30th, 2009 6:08 pm ET

THEME (4 Hala’s special): ” LET SENSE PREVAIL”!. If that guy from Africa is scared abt Swine Flu reaching Africa, then hopefully ur guest wld reassure us-the layman, and help us put this in perspective.

2. (a primer/101): Plz restrict the contents of the show to Understanding : the H1N1 .i mean try and avoid social/eco/pol. impact if possible.

pradip./ india.
p.s.>> no weather reports on show(as is wont) JUST help us understand the working/making of Flu.

ruth   April 30th, 2009 6:09 pm ET

Is it possible for CNN to investigate the situation in Switzerland when H1N1 virus was being transported from Geniva to Zurich and the packaging exploded releasing the virus into the general public train carrage?

Julie   April 30th, 2009 7:36 pm ET

We live 3 hours out of mexico city. They have now shut down all companies in the whole of mexico until may 6th. Is this really enough time to get a grip on this or will they really need more time? Is it going to continue to get worst?

Roberto Tuberosa   April 30th, 2009 7:47 pm ET

Dr. Briand’s response regarding transmission by eating pork was very confusing as is the website for the CDC. She said that swine flu cannot be transmitted by eating pork but you must cook it properly. Does that mean that if you don’t cook it properly it can be transmitted? What about pork such as ham and prosciutto that is not cooked but is cured? Are those meats safe?

Fernando   April 30th, 2009 7:51 pm ET

Hi. I write from Guatemala.

We share a large border with Mexico, and there are reports in the local media about the lack of adequate controls at the border.

There are some measures being taken (mostly asking people at random whether they have experienced any of the symptoms). There is a lot of commerce in that area, as well as lots of people and vehicles crossing each day.

All (or most) of the attention seems to be focused on the northern hemisphere (or air travel).

Is there any concern from the WHO about the structural deficiencies of countries like Guatemala to provide adequate control at the Mexico-Guatemala border? (I assume there is concern). And if so, what measures are being taken to support the country to keep the virus from spreading South?

thank you.


gil colgate   May 3rd, 2009 12:32 am ET

Wondering about at what point when a person becomes infected with H1N1 that person becomes contagious to others, and when, in the cycle of healing that person is no longer contagious.

George Addo   May 5th, 2009 12:57 pm ET

What are the cause of swine flu,and also the symptom one goes through?George Addo,Ghana

Worldpeace   July 23rd, 2009 2:03 pm ET

I wondering if cnn could a coverage about the Kidppings in Edo state Nigeria.... perhaps this might in a way brings into light the unsafe situation and alarming rate of kidnappings in this region.


Dorthea Lieng   May 3rd, 2010 1:32 pm ET

At least a hundred persons in our city have been infected with the H1N1 virus. I was very scared to get infected with this disease during the pandemic`::

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