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White House: Half the Country Could Catch H1N1

September 1, 2009

The White House has released some alarming projections about the spread of the H1N1 virus. Health experts say the virus could quickly spread now that schools across the U.S. are getting back in session.

As classes begin at schools and colleges around the country, students are learning a lesson about the spread of H1N1.

Since April more than one million Americans have come down with H1N1 or swine flu and it has killed about 500. Now the White House says in a worst case scenario, half the country could catch it, and up to 90,000 people could die.

President Obama met with senior officials to outline the government's response to the virus. Doctor Peter Gross says the latest strain of H1N1 will likely spread quickly.

"You're going to find it everywhere. You'll find it on door knobs, and you'll find it on telephones," says Dr. Peter Gross, an infectious disease expert.

Administrators at schools around the country are doing what they can to fight the flu. In New York they plan to give out free vaccines as soon as they become available.

One Long Island school district is taking drastic measures. They are saying no to handholding, chest bumps and high fives.

In Chicago, hand sanitizers fill the classrooms and hand washing at least twice a day is mandatory.

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