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Originally posted by Guzzeppi
reply to post by Essan
So it's ok that 36,000 people die a year? Well 36,000 people died from influenza viruses that we knew about! This strain is new, meaning that there is no vaccine yet developed and could kill as many or more as it did in 1918-1919. There is not enough Tamiflu or any other drug to offset this virus for the world. We have very good health care here in the U.S., but what about the 3rd world countries that have healthcare worse than Mexico? The mortality rate there, if it spreads, will be off the charts. My 2 cents.
Originally posted by Beach Bum
Many people have died from influenza that's true. This is what I say though. When was the last time it actually prompted the government to create emergency Fema camps all around the country? I can't remember
one time maybe I've forgotten something but I'm pretty sure. Doesn't that make you a little uneasy I know I am.
The influenza pandemic of 1918-1919 killed more people than the Great War, known today as World War I (WWI), at somewhere between 20 and 40 million people. It has been cited as the most devastating epidemic in recorded world history. More people died of influenza in a single year than in four-years of the Black Death Bubonic Plague from 1347 to 1351. Known as "Spanish Flu" or "La Grippe" the influenza of 1918-1919 was a global disaster.
An estimated one third of the world's population (or ≈500 million persons) were infected and had clinically apparent illnesses during the 1918–1919 influenza pandemic. The disease was exceptionally severe. Case-fatality rates were >2.5%, compared to
Originally posted by Essan
I appreciate this is old news, but I think it's useful to get a sense of proportion here.
So far just over 100 people have died of Swine 'flu in Mexico and exactly 0 have died in the USA.
Data from 2003 suggests that on average 36,000 people die from 'normal' 'flu in the USA each year
Using new and improved statistical models, CDC scientists estimate that an average of 36,000 people (up from 20,000 in previous estimates) die from influenza-related complications each year in the United States. In addition, about 11,000 people die per year from respiratory syncytial virus (RSV), a virus that causes upper and lower respiratory tract infections primarily in young children and older adults. The study demonstrates that most deaths caused by RSV occur in the elderly.
Whilst Mexican Swine 'flu may have to potential to become a serious pandemic, let's, for the time being at least, keep a sense of proportion, eh?
Or maybe unnecessary panic is what people want?