One person posted on facebook last night, “Swine Flu now a pandemic.”
The definition of a pandemic, according to wikipedia is, “an epidemic of infectious disease that spreads through populations across a large region.”
65 US cases of the flu out of 303M+ hardly seems to be epidemic. And it has to be epidemic before it can be pandemic, by definition.
Here’s Congressman Ron Paul – who is also a physician – talking about the issue:
Now I like Ron Paul’s case, but the argument can be made even more relevant. This took me less than ten minutes of research:
According to the CDCs own numbers, 200,000 people were infected by the flu in the US last year, and 35,000 died from it. That’s 547 people infected daily with 95 dying EACH DAY.
So far, we’ve got only 65 cases in the ENTIRE US over the period of a week or so, and only one death – an infant – which is unfortunately, tragically, normal for an influenza infection at that age.
And many of the 159 deaths reported in Mexico are attributed by guess only. They can’t confirm many of them, because they were buried or cremated before they could be tested. Only eight are actually confirmed by lab results. EIGHT! The media sure aren’t trumpeting that fact… it doesn’t net ratings like 159 does!
This is the SARS debacle all over again. This is the WHO and agencies like DHS flexing their muscles, just like they did back then.
It’s the medical equivalent of keeping the terror threat level at yellow for the last eight years.
It’s the flu, people. It might be a bit of a nasty flu, but it’s still the flu. I really think people need to calm down and think rationally about this.
Eat well, take your supplements, get sleep and wash you hands. That’s what most of the experts are saying. And most of all, stay positive. After all, your immune system is listening. 🙂
Update: This just in…
It’s possible you won’t choose to believe me or Congressman Paul. But how about the scientists? They don’t think it’s a big deal either, and they are predicting this outbreak won’t be any worse than your average winter flu season: http://www.tdnlp.com/l/1246