Swine flu: A tale 
of two local survivors  | ajc.com

This is a spooky article on swine flu, but I’m starting to think this is another “boy who cried wolf” story.

Yes, bad things can happen to people who get swine flu. Bad things may happen to me should I get it. But thus far the mortality rate of swine flu is less than that of seasonal flu, which in and of itself is high.

More and more evidence is pointing to health officials screaming pandemic and epidemic to cover themselves and get more funding.

A CBS News report from last week showed pretty clearly that swine flu cases are being seriously overestimated. As Michael Fumento writes, this follows in behind avian flu and SARS, the latter ultimately killing in one season the number of people who typically die in a day from seasonal flu.

Lastly, a website tracker of swine flu deaths, which in and of itself is difficult to track now that the CDC has conveniently stopped counting deaths related to swine flu while insisting it is epidemic, shows that in six months swine flu has killed as many people as typically die in six days from seasonal flu.

In Australia and New Zealand, which have just gone through their flu seasons, they experienced a more mild season than normal and many people who were infected with swine flu had less sever cases and also received, through that infection, immunity from the far deadlier seasonal flu.

3 comments

  1. ByteMe says:

    So here’s how it was explained to me by someone who works in that part of the CDC:

    There are two components they look for in a problem like this: transmissibility and mortality. If you take normal seasonal flu and call it a baseline of normal mortality/normal transmissibility, swine flu is normal mortality, but very high transmissibility. Someone you know gets it and gets close to you, you are very likely to get it. So that’s why it spread so quickly and they’ve even stopped testing for it at this point unless you’re in the hospital.

    But with only normal mortality levels, that’s not what is scaring them. What is keeping them up at nights is that the flu virus can mutate as it passes from one host to another. So far, many of the mutations have made its symptoms weaker, but what if it mutates and the mutation increases the mortality rate? Now you have a very high transmissibility/high mortality scenario right out of a Stephen King or Michael Crichton novel.

  2. John Konop says:

    All I know we have friends that kids have gotten swine flu. When they called the doctor they were told to stay home unless it is really serious and they are overwhelmed with calls. The risk with this flue is really about young children, elderly and people with weak immune systems.

    I do think people should not just blow off the situation because of the difficulty of tracking. Always better to be safe than sorry!

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