I see people saying that this h1n1 isn't that bad because the normal flu kills 34,000 people each year and this flu has only killed like 160 people
so far in reports. Something to put in perspective is how fast 160 people have died in a short time frame compared to the whole year of the normal
flu. Has anyone double checked that 34,000 figure that's thrown around? I decided to.
Great article from 2005. Important snip from it
"For example, CDC states that the historic 1968-9 "Hong Kong flu" pandemic killed 34,000 Americans. At the same time, CDC claims 36,000 Americans
annually die from flu. What is going on, asks Doshi?
The CDC uses indirect modeling methods to estimate the number of deaths associated with influenza. Thus the much publicized figure of 36,000 is not an
estimate of yearly flu deaths, as widely reported in both the lay and scientific press, but an estimate - generated by a model - of flu-associated
death, he says. "
It also talks about how it uses these higher numbers to then get better funding and public buy in for getting flu shots.
some raw facts in the link above are interesting but it notes a number of 20,000 per year and that included complications. We are hearing if people
die with H1N1 and say diabetes like the guy that met the president in Mexico, they say they died from the complications but link the death to the
Another thing to note is that the deaths we are seeing are people in a healthy age bracket but normal flu kills the young and the old. In theory we
could see the same number of deaths in young and old because of complications plus any deaths in the healthy and middle aged groups because of this
Some great info in here:
"[U]ntil 2001, the CDC reported flu, pneumonia and ILI
(influenza-like-illness) deaths as a single statistic, around 36,000 a year. In 2001, the CDC separated out the influenza deaths and the actual number
of deaths attributed to influenza fell to 895, with pneumonia taking the lions share of the remainder….Latest statistics show that there were
approximate 142 deaths in children under 18 attributed to flu in the 2003-2004 flu season."
So it looks like the real number of deaths that the CDC counts each year is directly proportional to how many are needed to spin their PR agenda on
If you look at just the deaths associated to the flu and not the onset of pneumonia or complications then we probably have already passed the number
of deaths in a normal year with this new variant of h1n1. This is why the CDC and WHO are freaking out. These deaths have also happened in a very
short time frame.