Conclusion

By the time winter term 2010 began, concerns about H1N1 seem to have waned. The college held a H1N1 vaccination clinic on January 8, but that appears to have been the final campus update on the H1N1 situation. The Influenza Updates site remained, but in February the main page had not been updated for over a month. 

Carleton College H1N1 Website

In the moment of the Covid-19 pandemic, it is perhaps impossible to avoid comparing our own time and experiences with past outbreaks (especially for students of history). At times it feels unproductive to compare Covid-19 to H1N1, as the H1N1 outbreak did not lead to the widespread disruption we see today. But history also reminds us that no conclusion is ever foregone - on May 1, 2009, we did not know that our fears about the H1N1 virus would turn out to be largely uncalled for. On January 28, 2020, we did not imagine Carleton would hold spring term remotely. The immediate response at the college to both situations was similar - educating campus about the virus and prevention practices, asking members of the campus community with symptoms to report it, and continued monitoring of the situation. The progression of the virus, on the hand, necessitated different responses as the situation progressed.