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For those freaking about the Swine Flu--check out these numbers please

From the CDC website...

Every year in the United States, on average:

5% to 20% of the population gets the flu;

more than 200,000 people are hospitalized from flu-related complications; and

about 36,000 people die from flu-related causes.

Lets repeat the last one shall we...36,000 people die from flu-related causes.
This is the REGULAR SEASONAL FLU. And there are now about 100 post of people having a coronary about a swine flu that has infected 48 people in this country and killed no one. NO ONE. So will you all please now STOP IT with the melodramatics, turn off the news, and take a pill or something.

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Asked by Anonymous at 10:48 AM on Apr. 28, 2009 in Politics & Current Events

Answers (15)
  • Amen!

    Answer by ajguinn at 10:49 AM on Apr. 28, 2009

  • If this is not contained those statistics will change dramatically.

    Answer by Anonymous at 10:50 AM on Apr. 28, 2009

  • i agree. people watch the news and then all the sudden they have the dang swine flu! holy jeepers people, just cause you had a cough or sniffle does not mean its the swine flu!

    Answer by Anonymous at 10:51 AM on Apr. 28, 2009

  • If it was like that than the media wouldn't be making it into something huge. They know something we don't. If it was something minor than they wouldn't be making a big deal out of it. You know how the government is with all these crazy bugs they be inventing. Ever seen The Stand by Stephen King.

    Answer by diamondmamma at 10:58 AM on Apr. 28, 2009

  • Once again....all I ever needed to know about life I learned watching a Michael Moore "documentary" or reading the works of Stephen King or Michael Crighton--two horror fiction novelists (whom I happen to find very entertaining...Michael Moore, not so much--except in the context of stupid entertainment)

    Answer by Anonymous at 11:02 AM on Apr. 28, 2009

  • : P

    Answer by diamondmamma at 11:04 AM on Apr. 28, 2009

  • You know, people HAVE died from the swine flu. Over 150 people. Just because people in the US haven't died YET, doesn't mean it won't happen.

    Answer by Anonymous at 11:15 AM on Apr. 28, 2009

  • I was reading an article on how they're finding it more contagious than the regular flu. The fact that we had 2 cases last Tuesday and a week later, it looks like the CDC is going to say it's in at least 8 states is a little worrisome. We're going to have it in all lower 48 with in a month the rate it's going. Thankfully, it doesn't seem to strong but that can change quickly and the more people who get it, the greater chance for mutation to occur. It's going to be one for scientists to study for a while.

    Answer by smalltowngal at 11:16 AM on Apr. 28, 2009

  • I think that the swine flu came from all of the pork in the governments stimulus package. After all, mexico city is getting it the worst and wasn't the president just there two weeks ago?

    Answer by Anonymous at 11:18 AM on Apr. 28, 2009

  • As I said in another post, what the major concern is that this is extremely similar to the 1918 Spanish Influenza pandemic that killed thousands upon thousands globally. It started off as a very mild flu (thought to be swine flu) in mid spring, but because of the war no one was really thinking about it, and so it wasn't taken seriously. Then in the fall it came back with a much more virulent strain, causing the most horrible cases of pneumonia ever seen at that time. People died literally overnight in some cases after getting symptoms of that flu. Yes, we have new medicines and technology but that doesn't mean we know for sure what is going to continue to work, just like antibiotic resistant illnesses, this one could become resistant to the available flu medications. It is to be taken seriously.

    Answer by AprilDJC at 11:20 AM on Apr. 28, 2009

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