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In my mind, common sense says: This is a flu which could become more dangerous, it's still mild however. We've had these scares and media hype before with prior 'pandemics,' which turned out to be pretty mild when all was said and done.
I guess if you go strickly by the numbers the CDC/WHO are giving out......yes its mild..........Media hype?? What media hype?? I did not know this swine flu was being covered in the main stream media.....Its everything but hype!!......This thread exist because the numbers do not add up and they never have since day one. Do you really think we would all be here posting through the nite, searching for info, calling sources and bugging them to tell us more of what they really know???
No one here preaches doom and gloom.........Most everyone here is posting solid intel that differs from the CDC.......
Just look at Hx3.........Do you even look at his info he is posting from around the world? Its amazing how many of the cases he finds being published by local newspapers or net never seem to make it to the CDC level...........
This thread is about updates and good intel for discussion..........If you think all is well......Don't Post!!.........Its pretty simple!
Originally posted by EDteach
Perhaps the 'constant' change in criteria in announcing Level 6 is perhaps they had hoped if they controlled MSM well, controlled access to testing, and with the advent of warmer weather, this would mellow out for awhile. Then they could save Level 6 for the fall, if need be. Therefore, the economy would not be disrupted further for the next few months. Problem is, it has YET to mellow out. Hmmm, they think, better change the definition of Level 6 again!
The most worrisome aspect of H1N1 is the virus’ impact on teens and young adults, rather than the very young or old, House said. The average age of people infected is 15 years old.
House said that is the same type of behavior as the Spanish flu in 1918.
“I’m afraid people are thinking the worst is over,” he said. “That is not the case.”
Originally posted by Hx3_1963
Montana has 10 cases of H1N1
# Taoyuan City, Taiwan: 1 confirmed caseSource: Taiwan newsDate: 21 May 20092 minutes ago from twitterfeed
# Taipei County, Taiwan: 2 confirmed caseSource: Taiwan NewsDate: 21 May 20092 minutes ago from twitterfeed
Pasadena's first swine flu case confirmed
Houston elementary's swine flu count grows by 1 to 25
Things are never so bad that they can't get worse
School absentee rate soars amid flu outbreak
Swine flu closes dozens of schools
Confirmed cases of swine flu rise to 333 in NY
73 Confirmed Cases of Swine Flu in Iowa
Four more cases of H1N1 flu across Onondaga County
Exactly how swine flu fits into the pantheon of flu pandemics will not be known for a while. It will take months -- and many more victims -- for its full personality and behavior to emerge. But one thing is clear: This is a lot more than just seasonal flu out of season.
In the United States, the familiar seasonal influenza causes about 8,100 deaths a year directly and contributes to about 36,000 more in people with lung or heart problems. Ninety percent of those deaths occur in people 65 and older. The risk of a healthy person older than 65 dying directly from flu is about 100 times that of a healthy person 5 to 49 years old.
Compared with seasonal outbreaks, all flu pandemics cause a higher percentage of severe cases and deaths in younger groups. Although the overall mortality rate from the current swine flu is low, this trend is already apparent.
Last Thursday, when Fukuda announced that the global death total was 65, he noted that "half of them are healthy people who have no predisposing conditions. This is a pattern different from what we see with normal influenza."
There have been too few deaths in the United States to draw any conclusions. But of the 173 people who have been sick enough to be hospitalized, more than half are in the 5-to-24 age group.
The American victims of the 'swine flu' generally fit the profile for people who would be naturally susceptible to an early death from the common seasonal flu. Usually, this list includes infants, the elderly, and those with some specific pre-existing medical conditions.