There had been no confirmed deaths in the United States related to swine flu as of Tuesday afternoon. But another virus had killed thousands of people since January and is expected to keep killing hundreds of people every week for the rest of the year. That one? The regular flu…
Since January, more than 13,000 people have died of complications from seasonal flu, according to the Centers for Disease Control and Prevention’s weekly report on the causes of death in the nation.
No fewer than 800 flu-related deaths were reported in any week between January 1 and April 18, the most recent week for which figures were available.
The report looks at deaths in the 122 largest cities in the United States.
Worldwide, the annual death toll from the flu is estimated to be between 250,000 and 500,000.
Ok, I admit it, the stupidity factor here is starting to get to me. Seriously, EVERY flu is of either pig or bird origin — that’s where they come from. Somehow, some media outlet tagged the correct source onto this one and the whole world has freaked out — even though the death toll from this bug is actually LOWER then usual.
Today they found the kid that first got the bug — and the entire village too. Yep, still alive and ticking — and now immune to the bug they managed to start. Fears that this virus causes a critical immune overreaction have proven to be just that — fears. Basically, like all other flu bugs, this one is sadistic enough to only make you WISH you were dead, but, it’s probably not going to be kind enough to kill you.
The media hype over this is even more absurd in that Tamiflu and Relenza can kill this bug with two miserable pills and the majority of people just feel normally flu-ish — not even knowing they have this particular bug. The bug is so mild that the medical community doesn’t even want to use Tamiflu and Relenza — they would like to save it for a real problem…
But hey, never mind that — we’re in the middle of a national emergency, Obama needs 1.5 BILLION dollars in funding to fight back (or something) and we’re all gonna die… (Or maybe he just wants another cool billion to spend somewhere…)