Monday, 13 July 2009

Swine 'flu: the update

And now this from the NHS Choices website (like you can choose not be ill?):
Worldwide, just over 0.4% of the laboratory-confirmed cases reported to the World Health Organization (WHO) have died, which would be a rate consistent with that normally observed with seasonal influenza. However, the true number of swine flu cases is likely to be significantly higher than that reported to WHO and therefore the figure of 0.4% is likely to be an overestimate of the death rate. (Emphasis added)
In other words, as regards your chances of death, Swine 'flu is not as dangerous as ordinary 'flu. Pass the chalice!

John Richardson

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  1. Whilst the death rate may be lower, if the infection rate is higher there could still be more deaths than normal. It is not normal to see flu at this time of year, so we're still pretty much in the dark as to what will happen.

    Having seen it rip through a couple of schools in Mouse's local area, he is a little worried at this point, but still waiting to see how events unfold.

  2. Rev. Richardson:

    Ran across a tough article, to wit, that we--at least in the US--have more than "swine flu" to be worried about. Curiously, it comes from the African-American church community and resounds with rigour.


    (Rev.) D. Philip Veitch
    Camp Lejeune, NC