Update 11-16-09: Be sure to read the comments before assuming this post has all the info you need.
from the CDC on their page Key Facts About Seasonal Influenza (Flu)
Every year in the United States, on average:
- 5% to 20% of the population gets the flu;
- more than 200,000 people are hospitalized from flu-related complications; and
- about 36,000 people die from flu-related causes.
SWINE FLU COUNT: 4,000 DEAD, 22 MILLION ILL
The fall flu season has only just begun and already thousands have died from the H1N1 virus.
Estimates of deaths caused by the swine flu have grown to nearly 4,000 since April, roughly quadrupling previous estimates
To borrow from TJIC’s (and the creator of the ONOZ OMG avatar)
But wait. How deadly is the Swine flu really? Let’s see…. four thousand divided by twenty two million is…
4,000 / 22,000,000 = 0.000181
Swine flu AKA H1N1 is 0.018% fatal
Ok, so how deadly is the average flu?
From the CDC stats above, roughly 10% of the US population gets the flu each year… that’s 30,400,000 people. And 36,000 people die from it…
36,000 / 30,400,000 = 0.00118
The average flu is 0.11% fatal
Comparing the two…
0.0011 * n = 0.00018
n = 6.1
The average flu is 6.1 times more deadly than swine / H1N1 flu.
You’re kidding, right???
Someone is making a lot of money by causing an unwarranted panic. I’m betting it’s the maker of the influenza vaccine and influenza test.