posted on Jul, 13 2009 @ 12:06 PM
I read the same article and posted it on another thread, regarding an outbreak in and around London.
It's possible the strain is diferent- what I find more plausible is that we're seeing exactly what happened in 1918- the summer months saw
(initially) illnesses that lasted weeks before people died- or recovered; later in the summer, people began to die more quickly (within 1-3 days);
they began to catch flu without prior health conditions, and so many doctors and nurses died or took ill, they were pulled from the WWI battlefields
to serve in US medical facilities. Some people were recruited to work who had no medical training at all, due to the high rate of clinician morbidity
What happened in this case is mirroring precisely the pattern of the beginning of the second wave of flu as the summer progressed towards autumn.
Having said all of that, it is entirely plausible that the strain has mutated to become more lethal, more quickly. If so, we face the same events
that our grandparents did in 1918-19; people left for work in the morning, took ill, and died within 24-72 hours. If we are approaching that rate of
infection and death, (which in 1918 was a little over 2% of the global population, amounting to between 50-100M deaths), we need to be prepared for
mass graves, each of us knowing someone who is ill or has passed away, and the 18 months or so of social disintegration.
We need to prepare ourselves for that possibility- and pray it doesn't come to that.