April 30th, 2009
09:45 PM ET

Live Blog from the Anchor Desk 04/30/09

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Tonight on AC360°, the swine flu flight risk.  Vice President Joe Biden took a lot of heat today for saying "I would tell members of my family - and I have - I wouldn't go anywhere in confined places right now.  It's not that it's going to Mexico.  It's you're in a confined aircraft. When one person sneezes, it goes all the way through the aircraft."  Is that true? Tonight, 360's Randi Kaye is Keeping them Honest.   She spoke with a doctor who studies germs and viruses like swine flu to find out how they spread in air travel.  Don't miss her report.

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  1. nancy erickson

    A newscaster in Minnesota stated that the reason they are finding no Swine Flu in our pig population is because there is no test available to detect a virus in pigs. Is this true??

    April 30, 2009 at 10:53 pm |
  2. Joe Walker

    How effective are masks certified by NIOSH as N95, N99 & N100?
    Are they identical in protection against Infuenza A, B & C?

    April 30, 2009 at 10:53 pm |
  3. Krasi, Houston, TX

    How do we know that she would have one if she had answered differently? If that makes her feel better, go ahead.

    April 30, 2009 at 10:52 pm |
  4. Nattada, Houston TX

    Nature is still out of people control and creates somethings that amaze us all the time. The mix of many type of flus to be swine flu is one of them. Wonder what will be next.

    April 30, 2009 at 10:52 pm |
  5. Peter

    If someonehas the Swine virsus or anyo other virus and they smoke,can it be transmitted from the second hand smoke? Can the virus attach itself to smoke particals?

    April 30, 2009 at 10:52 pm |
  6. Cessy, Chicago

    Craigslist fiancee'--Finally! someone woke you up. Time to move on, girlfriend !

    April 30, 2009 at 10:52 pm |
  7. Jacqueline, NY

    Go, Miss California!

    April 30, 2009 at 10:52 pm |
  8. Mike Hanrahan

    Please tell us how the present type A H1N1 swine flu iis specifially seperated and identified from Type A H1N1 in 1918 and the type A H1N1 vaccine given in 2008. For example A H1N1 varient such and such.

    April 30, 2009 at 10:51 pm |
  9. Shaun

    Who actually won the miss USA contest????

    April 30, 2009 at 10:51 pm |
  10. Caroline, Los Angeles

    Breaking up with a guy who has plastic restraints and a ladies underwear collection in his apt. Good idea.

    April 30, 2009 at 10:51 pm |
  11. Fay - California

    Miss California may be sincere in her opposition to gay marriage, but it's also clear that she's using the issue to remain in the public eye–does anyone even know who the actual winner of the pageant was?

    April 30, 2009 at 10:51 pm |
  12. wade

    how long does it take for u to know that you have h1n1

    April 30, 2009 at 10:50 pm |
  13. Miss J

    Thanks for asking Sanjay how he was doing Anderson. That was nice of you.

    April 30, 2009 at 10:50 pm |
  14. Caroline, Los Angeles

    @Monica-does she have a high fever? I've heard it starts with a high fever and aches like the regular flu.

    April 30, 2009 at 10:50 pm |
  15. Libby

    Why is the CDC the only lab that suspected samples are sent to...wouldn't it be more efficient to have severalregional labs?

    April 30, 2009 at 10:50 pm |
  16. Erika-Wichita, KS

    Please stay on the Airlines and the FAA to require Hepa Filters
    on all planes including all the Regional planes.
    There is no reason why they FAA should not require that at once.
    It would also help to have everyone that boards a plane to wear
    a face-mask, including pilots and crew.

    April 30, 2009 at 10:50 pm |
  17. LisaL - Canada

    ok. wow. what an intense day. so full of news. the virus situation is actually quite interesting. too many topics to comment on – too much detail.

    April 30, 2009 at 10:50 pm |
  18. Erika Amit, NY

    If you get swine flu can you get it again?

    April 30, 2009 at 10:50 pm |
  19. Brad from Iowa

    Question for Dr Gupta, what happens if this Swine Flu interacts with the basic flu we get every year.............Is it possible that you could have both at the same time...........

    April 30, 2009 at 10:50 pm |
  20. Mike Lee

    It has been reported in the past that 80-90 percent of jet aircraft cabin air flow is recycled, thus spreading used air to most everyone on board.

    April 30, 2009 at 10:49 pm |
  21. Genevieve M, TX

    I was taught that if you keep your hands away from your face as much as possible, you cut down the risk of viruses and bacteria entering your body to make you sick. The bonus is that doing this also prevents breakouts (such as pimples) on your face.

    April 30, 2009 at 10:49 pm |
  22. Caroline, Los Angeles

    Lab created, a la Andromeda Strain! I think not....

    April 30, 2009 at 10:48 pm |
  23. Tyler

    If you were to score this virus on a level one to ten (ten being terrifying), which number would would fit best.

    April 30, 2009 at 10:48 pm |
  24. Monica

    Hi Anderson

    I live in Las Vegas. My neighbor just came home from the hospital and has all the symptoms of the Swine Flu. She told me that there were many people in the hospital with the same symptoms. She was told she has Bronchitis and was given medication for it. Las Vegas is visited by millions of people around the world, including Mexico. There is a big Mexican population in Las Vegas. How can it be that we have not been struck with this epidemic? Is it possible that Las Vegas is not reporting this spread to the public because it would be a huge loss to the city, could you imagine Las Vegas without tourism?

    April 30, 2009 at 10:48 pm |
  25. Jo Ann, North Royalton, Ohio

    Michelle, Nom de guerre means pseudonym.

    April 30, 2009 at 10:47 pm |
  26. Bret - Albuquerque

    Hello Anderson,

    My wife & I are scheduled to leave for Cabo San Lucas on May 8th. Can you ask Dr. Gupta if he would keep these plans to travel to Baja California or should we try to change our plans to somewhere like the Bahamas?


    April 30, 2009 at 10:47 pm |
  27. Jana, Indiana

    I am so sorry people have died with the swine flu, but I wish someone could explain to me why this is so much worse than the 30,000 people that die every year from the regular flu.

    April 30, 2009 at 10:47 pm |
  28. Jane

    Dr. Gupta,

    The news show schools being sterilized after students are known to have the swine flu. How long does the virus live, and to what extent should things be sterilized? What kills the virus?

    April 30, 2009 at 10:47 pm |
  29. David, Indiana

    69 is young for a supreme court justice to retire. "Subtle chemistry" nicely illustrative way to describe the interrlations of the justices on the supreme court.

    My question for Sanjay and Dr. Del Rio is how long do they think we'll be on pandemic alert or condition red?

    Do recent development w the swine flu sort of encourage travel in the US in the coming days?

    April 30, 2009 at 10:46 pm |
  30. Caroline, Los Angeles

    Wow. Time to hire a new supreme court judge. That's good news for us.

    April 30, 2009 at 10:46 pm |
  31. Stephen Normand

    Anderson thanks for making the effort to call the flu 1NH1 rather than Swine Flu. I think you're helping to cool the panic and worry by doing so!
    Always enjoy 360 every night. Best to you all there! Keep hankerchiefing!

    April 30, 2009 at 10:46 pm |
  32. MarieAnne Sam - Alabang in the Philippines

    Have seen the CNN Live coverage of the press conference done by National Marriage Group with Ms California as the 'endorser'. This one for sure is another controversial move for her. Expect a lot of comments good and bad on this one!

    She should be careful in choosing whom to affiliate with -as she may get exploited/used!!!

    April 30, 2009 at 10:46 pm |
  33. Maureen T, Canada

    Miss California has already had her 15 minutes! She's not even Miss USA and she's getting all this publicity! Enough already!

    April 30, 2009 at 10:45 pm |
  34. Sherie

    Is there any common sence left in this world. You give a Pig a "Influenza A" vaccine and when it combines and mutatesinside the pig, you ask where a swine flu comes from? I'm not a rocket scientist; but I would be willing to take a shot at that answer.

    April 30, 2009 at 10:45 pm |
  35. v.gerrard, Dublin, Ireland

    Hi Anderson from Dublin. We have had our first probable case confirmed today...someone from the East of the country back from holidaying in Mexico...but the Health Authority’s treated him with Tamiflu even though it hasn't been fully confirmed that he has the "Swine Flu", guess they're not taking any chances.

    Now I have one question for your experts & that is if someone with a chronic illness caught it...would Tamiflu or the other anti-viral drugs work as well as they would with a healthy person?

    I overheard a remark from an elderly woman today…who was talking to a group of elderly friends she said to the group. “Ah sure, it could be a lot worse if the auld pigs could REALLY fly”!

    I wish you & all your reader's a good & safe weekend & hope the "SWINE" misses you all, in fact misses everybody. Bye.

    April 30, 2009 at 10:45 pm |
  36. Nattada, Houston TX

    When will the swine flu virus be available? Is it going to be out in time to stop the spreading of this flu?

    April 30, 2009 at 10:45 pm |
  37. matt.b san bernardino,ca

    jeffery tobin for supreme court justice! jeffery jeffery jeffery

    April 30, 2009 at 10:45 pm |
  38. Michael In South TX

    Valerie, You will know within 48 hours if you have it or not. You will feel really really bad with a high fever. And you will be able to pass it to other until your fever is gone.

    April 30, 2009 at 10:45 pm |
  39. Mike, Delaware

    We have confirmed cases of H1N1 in students at the University of Delaware. The state opened a center where people showing symptoms can be checked out. As of yesterday, they actually stopped testing for the virus and are basing the diagnosis on symptoms only. People showing symptoms are being given Tamiflu, a mask and told to isolate themselves. How can an accurate determination be made on the number of people actually affected be made if they're no longer testing for the virus?

    April 30, 2009 at 10:45 pm |
  40. Caroline, Los Angeles

    Hello all,

    Creepy serial killer in LA for so long. It boggles the mind that someone like that can hold down a good gov't job for decades but someone like me can't even get an interview.

    Sorry if that seems trite in light of all he's done, but I have income on the mind tonight.

    April 30, 2009 at 10:44 pm |
  41. Anthonia-California

    @Laura-Is that true...? if so, then you are totally right about controversy leads to opportunity!!

    April 30, 2009 at 10:44 pm |
  42. Mike, Syracuse, NY

    Let's hope Obama's pick paid his/her taxes.

    April 30, 2009 at 10:44 pm |
  43. victoria dickey

    I live in alamogordo nm , although i haven't been to mexico ,people travel back in forth al the time. i took my seven tear old to the hospital on monday night with flu symptoms, the doctor said everyone is just panicing. They dignosed her with pnumonia, should they have tested her and should I be concerned? Another girl that rides her bus (a friend of my other daughter)also went to the hospital the same night and was told she had pnumonia.What do you think?

    April 30, 2009 at 10:44 pm |
  44. Casey

    I have just read an article on the BBC that they have seen a mutation to H1N1 to H1Z1 and have seen a zombie effect in London. Also in the article is that the WHO has raised the threat to level 6. Am I reading this correctly????

    April 30, 2009 at 10:44 pm |
  45. cdelrioch

    Sherri: there is no chance of getting swine flu (or any other kind of flu) from a flu shot. The flu shot is highly effective and I take one every year to protect myself from seasonal infleunza and also vaccinate my family. Take the flu vaccine every year, it may prevent you from getting ill!

    April 30, 2009 at 10:43 pm |
  46. Cessy, Chicago

    Anderson–Thanks for covering the Souter retirement... keep bringing us quality news 🙂

    April 30, 2009 at 10:43 pm |
  47. Vanessa, TX

    you can follow Eduardo (Ed Henry) @edhenrycnn and V-money (Ali Velshi) @alivelshi on twitter..Go Eduardo! 🙂

    April 30, 2009 at 10:43 pm |
  48. Jo Ann, North Royalton, Ohio

    That was a great report by Gary! I am sure we will be hearing more about this in the future. It is unbelievable that this could have gone on for so long.

    April 30, 2009 at 10:43 pm |
  49. Natalie

    I guess Justice Souter was waiting for a dem so he could retire. Good!

    April 30, 2009 at 10:43 pm |
  50. valerie

    How long does it take before someone feels the symtoms of swineflu.

    April 30, 2009 at 10:42 pm |
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