Is it just me? Am I really the only person who see’s this?
Is it just me or is this Swine Flu (of Super-Ultra-Mega-Doom!) really just another flu, sure its a bit worse than the one that we all get every year, however at the end of the day its basically the same thing, right? So young children, the elderly and those who are from area’s with poor health care (and thus poor general health) need to be careful.
This differs from the normal influenza situation how?
All this fear mongering the media has taken part in has done nothing but cause panic, and social media has played a major role in this. Thanks to the echo chamber of Twitter and the millions of people already living in fear (financial crisis/war on terror/Israel-Palestine conflict/North Korean rocket launches – take your pick) these kind of alerts spread misinformation at the speed of light.
I did a tiny bit of research using trusty old google and pulled the following stats:
In the USA there were on average 41,400 deaths per year from 1979 to 2001.
Source: American Journal of Epidemiology
41,400 deaths… from the 3 common strains of influenza… EVERY YEAR…
Death toll for Swine Flu according to latest reports: 22 (lets assume there are double that many, that would make 44) We need to see that number multiply 1000x in order to make it as deadly as the common strains of influenza.
I’m not saying its not a threat, Im not saying it isn’t a tragedy that these people died, I’m simply saying take a breath, relax and go on living your lives. If you happen to be unlucky enough to catch the dreaded swine flu do what you always do, go see a doctor, get plenty of bed rest, keep up your liquids and take paracetamol to keep your fever down. The end is not that nigh!