Apparently the World Health Organization disagrees with all the panic about swine flu (as I have been saying for a week now).
In this article, they say that there have actually only been 79 confirmed cases of swine flu worldwide with 7 deaths, all in Mexico. So rather than 150+ deaths, we only really have 7… the rest were from the plain old ordinary flu.
It’s an established fact that 36,000 Americans die every year from the regular old flu. Most of those are older people or those with compromised immune systems. Swine flu appears to attack healthy people whose immune systems overreact (see, it pays to be old and sickly). But here we are panicking about a disease that’s killed at worst 150 people and at best 7 people where the normal flu season kills 36,000 just in America.
The swine flu panic is the product of sensationalist reporting. Remember how the avian flu was going to kill us all? Remember how we were all going to catch AIDS from public restrooms and swimming pools? Remember how after Katrina, every tropical storm warranted days of continuous fatalistic news coverage? The news media is so concerned with ratings that they over-report scary things to make the public tune in.
On the plus side, anti-bacterial soap and surgical mask manufacturers will likely see their profits soar with this manufactured crisis. Which of course Obama will confiscate because they will be “obscene profits” and he will undoubtedly give the money to drunken bums and UAW workers.
Best way not to catch swine flu: Don’t kiss pigs. Don’t kiss sick people. Wash your hands.