April 27th, 2009
02:44 PM ET

Video: How viruses spread

Program Note: Tune in tonight to hear more on how viruses spread from Dr. Nathan Wolfe on AC360° at 10 p.m. ET.

In this clip from Planet in Peril: Battle Lines, Anderson Cooper talks to Dr. Nathan Wolfe about disease transmission.

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  1. Linda B.

    Dear Sirs,
    Has anyone asked about this Swine flu incubation period? Is this the same as other virus having approx. 1 week incubation time? The young girl & her father were just interviewed by CNN today, she felt better after 2 pills & her father said he felt all right. Has he passed 1 week incubation period? Please.
    Concerned me,

    April 28, 2009 at 1:57 am |
  2. Devon

    Why don't we package America better? Times of social need show that we all want the same things, yet we don't create the systems we want by making them work the way we want.

    Simple example here; GVFI.org –> why dont we have an identiy system that would enable us to participate in real-time data tracking for productive purposes? Fear of each other. Our system breeds fear of each other. Why do we permit that?

    We should support projects like GVFI.org - we should support the manufacturing of medicines that lack the type of profit models that secure private investment and development. There are countless things we should do... but don't. Why?

    Freedom is an illusion... security is not to be had on a rock flying through unknown space. Synergistic planning is all we have. Conscious evolution is possible. Every asset must be mapped... the work is long and abundant, and time is fleeting.

    Humanity! Step up.

    April 27, 2009 at 11:52 pm |
  3. Kate Brigman

    Could Dr. Gupta or other experts on AC360 give instructions about problems related caughing into hands without washing them. Perhaps caughing into sleeve would be better.

    April 27, 2009 at 11:07 pm |
  4. Annie Kate

    Its scary to think that a new disease from bush meat in Africa could be in NYC within 48 hours. And if its there just think how many other places it would have spread to just from people being in contact with whoever had it on the plane. Our most formidable enemy may be the microbe we cannot see.

    April 27, 2009 at 7:21 pm |
  5. Isabel

    Nowadays to travel from one part of the world to the other in matter of hours is definitely much easier; and it is not only people that are in motion, animals and food products travel too so the possibility for diseases such as the Swine Flu to spread to places located far apart is much greater.

    April 27, 2009 at 6:47 pm |
  6. Tere Carrubba

    How do you test for swine flu vs regular flu? The symptoms seem to be the same.

    April 27, 2009 at 4:48 pm |
  7. Isabel

    It is interesting to know that the risk of infection it isn't source of the consumption of meat, but especially the handling of fresh meat, because the virus can be transmitted through small cuts in the skin.

    It is interesting how we are all so interconnected, so globalized!

    April 27, 2009 at 3:54 pm |