Obama: Swine flu may 'run its course'

May 1, 2009 10:05:57 AM PDT
President Barack Obama says the swine flu might end up running its course "like ordinary flus" but the government is preparing for the worst just in case. Speaking to reporters after a Cabinet meeting, the president said it is not clear that the flu will be more severe than other flus. But he said the flu is a cause for concern because it is new strain and people have not developed an immunity to it.

Obama said, "I'm optimistic that we're going to be able to manage this effectively."

The president said that government agencies are preparing in case the flu comes back in a more virulent form during seasonal flu season. He described an overarching effort to help the nation's schools and businesses and for the United States to be prepared to deal with requests from other nations.

The flu is now in 19 states, up from 11, according to federal figures. Separately a few states reported slightly higher numbers Friday.


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