Friday, May 1, 2009

The next person who mentions Swine Flu/H1N1 Influenza-A will get kicked in the balls.

Friday, May 1, 2009

Swine Flu by the Numbers:

# of case worldwide: 257
# of people on Earth: 6 billion

# of cases in Mexico: 97 | # of related deaths: 7
# of people in Mexico: 109 million

# of cases in United States: 109
# of people in United States: 306 million


Unless you've been hiding under a rock, you've been bombarded with this swine flu stuff for several days now.

When the World Health Organization raised the pandemic alert to the second highest level of 5 on Wednesday, don't you know the media just couldn't get enough? They were all over it because this stuff sells newspapers and gets ratings. But if you look at the numbers, it seems like this story might be a tad overblown.

Based on the numbers I listed above, this hardly seems to be cause for alarm.

Scientists who are studying the virus say the strain of influenza doesn't look as deadly as strains that have caused previous pandemics. In fact, some scientists suggest the current form of the swine flu virus many not even do as much damage as the regular old garden variety flu does, and here are some numbers that support that idea.

13,000 people in this country have died from regular flu since January. It's expected it will continue to kill hundreds of people every week. 36,000 people a year die in the United States from the flu. Not the swine flu, just the flu.

So here's the question: Has the swine flu story been overblown?

Here's a hint -- yes.


Jamar Herrod said...

LMAO. u know when people start dying and wearing masks talking about they caught something it gets broadcasted worldwide. The media feeds off of it everytime.

bLaQ~n~MiLD said...

This swine flu story reminds me of the media's orgasm over somebody's 100 days (No Shade)...


Dr.Friday said...

I totally agree. This swine flu has been overblown. If you were to look at the numbers objectively, any rationale observer would come to the conclusion that swine flu isn't the second coming of the Plague. While the flu has claimed hundreds of precious human lives and does pose a threat, the media hype behind it is totally unjustified. Just like the hysteria over "killer bees" or Bird flu, the media has been able to tap into the paranoia of the moment and use it to garner ratings. Also it is my opinion that when a nation like Egypt slaughtering 300,000 pigs, widespread ignorance not "swine flu" is the real threat to humanity.

kennyking78 said...

You and the title of this post... sometimes I swear you don't have the sense that God gave you! hahahahahahahahahahaha

Boo to the swine flu! Thanks for putting it into perspective.

Curious said...

You are absolutely right.

The media has overblown this disease unless of course you or a family member has died from the disease, or unless this is just a precursor to a pandemic like the Spanish Flu of 1918 where more people, about 100 million, died in one year than they did during the 4 years of World War I.

There is no such thing as too much information, unless it's the same shit over and over again which is what is going on now.

yet another black guy said...

well damn, they almost had me buying a mask! psych!

ka-os said...

Pure fuckries. This virus may/may not be bad news, but the media, without a doubt, has thrown the story across a desk and fucked its brains out - and then come back for more.

Er, if they wanna talk about pandemics, how about AIDS ravaging Africa. That's no fun though, and anyway, they're only Africans.

Joey Bahamas said...

So wait...I don't have to buy that Tom Ford surgical mask?? Bleh...


K.C. said...

It's VERY overblown!

In one simple word, "ugh!"

Thank you. Nuff said!

Mister Jones said...

H1N1 Influenza A...just felt like saying it. Just in case you folks aren't getting your fill.

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