Originally posted by xedocodex
reply to post by nixie_nox
It is "peaking" not peeking.
This pretty much sums up how all the wannabe conspiracy theorists have no clue what they are talking about and don't bother to do any research on a
topic before posting it, to garner attention.
The flu season started a full month early, and the cases are DOUBLE of what they were this time last year, and no, the season hasn't even peaked yet.
So no, the numbers are not hyped up.
Whether the illnesses are actually the flu or not is neither here nor there. They cause problems for vulnerable populations, they cause a great loss
in productivity, and clog up the hospitals.
And the hospitals are getting overwhelmed.
The methods to try to keep from getting the flu are the same for any ili.
Are you seriously grammer nazi'ing? How 1990ish.
It is not grammar
, it is spelling. Or in this case, the use of the wrong word altogether.
And yes, the numbers are hyped up. Currently this year is no worse than the 07-08 season and way below the 09-10 (H1N1) season.
First, just because it isn't the worst flu season, doesn't mean it isn't a bad flu season. No one is reporting it is the worst flu season, just a
particularly bad one.
It doesn't mean that data is being hyped up because it doesn't compare to a few years ago. That is a huge jump in reasoning. But that is neither here
Secondly, all data isn't in yet. The very first line on the CDC page:
All data are preliminary and may change as more reports are received.
There is no way that they have full reporting in real time. You won't get the full numbers until the end of the flu season, or even the summer.
And yes, they do think it is "peaking" because last weeks reported confirmed positive flu cases were down from the previous week.
Show me where "they" think it is peaking. Or are you an epidimiologist, with data coming in to tell me otherwise?
Because the data only runs through the end of December. There is no way to know what the data is this week.
And again, see my last point about data.
And it does matter if it is influenza or not. Do you realize how close the common cold and strep throat symptoms can be to influenza?
First off, medical professionals, unlike you, know the difference between flu, strep, and cc.
The common cold is nothing like the flu. The common cold doesn't cause pneumonia, or dehydration. Common colds very rarely cause fevers, and if they
do, it is a low grade fever. The average fever for the flu is 103 degrees. Common colds don't send people to the hospital.
Strep doesn't present with nasal congestion or a cough, like the flu does. Strep is also detected with a 2 minute, in house test. A look in the throat
to see it red or with white spots is indicative of strep.
If it was just a common cold, they would report it as the common cold. But they are reporting it as ILI because ILI or flu symptoms are more severe.
Do you know how much more serious influenza is compared to other "influenza like illnesses"? And do you know that the percentages of confirmed
influenza is declining while hospital admissions for "ILI" (even though they aren't influenza) are on the rise?
That must be a really magical 8 ball you have there that it can give you all of this weeks numbers, instantly.
What the heck is the CDC worried about then? Nothing to see here folks, it is all fine.
Now why do you think hospitals are being packed when influenza cases are actually declining? Maybe it is because the media is hyping
I really would love to see this data.
Since you have now said this at least 3 times, with no basis for it, you must be trying to convince yourself as much as me.
I did my research, looks like you didn't.
You don't even know the difference between strep, cc, or the flu. AND you make up information to try to prove your point. You don't know diddly
edit on 10-1-2013 by nixie_nox because: (no reason given)