|Swine flu - checks map.
||[Apr. 28th, 2009|08:22 pm]
You know there's 700 deaths a week in America from flu if you average it out?|
*looks at map*, no deaths outside Mexico.
It looks like a lot of Mexicans have been ill, and just got better without stepping foot in a hospital. Also, there's only been something like 30 confirmed swine flu deaths. The rest are suspect, which means a whole load of other problems may have finished them off, rather than the flu.
As no one knows just how many Mexicans have been ill and recovered, the whole 6% mortality rate being quoted around is totally rubbish. That sample of 6% is for people so ill they needed to go to hospital (2000?). So if 150,000 Mexicans have been ill, which is quite possible (remember how many holiday makers coming home from Mexico have been ill - it must be widespread in Mexico), then the mortality rate is actually tiny.
It could turn out to be about as lethal as the normal yearly flu...