Sunday, June 14, 2009

Swine Flu: By the Numbers

According to the CDC, the total number of cases reported in the United States of H1N1 infection is 17,855 cases, and the number of deaths is now up to 45 deaths. While some news outlets continue to try to make us panic (albeit however, the story has died a bit), here are some sobering facts.
The U.S. Centers for Disease Control (CDC) estimates that 35 to 50 million Americans come down with the flu during each flu season.The CDC estimates that in the US more than 100,000 people are hospitalized and more than 20,000 people die from the flu and its complications every year.

90 People are killed by lightning strike every year.

120 are killed in airline crashes.

779 by accidental discharge of a firearm.

7,600 are killed by aspirin (NSAIDs)
So, my question to the news media is, "Why so serious?" Although I already know the answer: scaring the shit out of us brings more ratings than telling us everything is going to be okay.

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