...there is sufficient data since April to show that this virus is less severe than normal seasonal flu and that efforts to prevent the spread of this pandemic were futile - especially hand washing, still promoted by the WHO, the US Centres for Disease Control and Prevention, and other national agencies.
The WHO estimates that recent normal seasonal influenza viruses have killed between 250,000 to 500,000 people a year - about 0.005 per cent of the world population. This can be used as a yardstick to compare the severity of past and current influenza pandemics.
....As of late 2009, the new H1N1 virus had actually killed fewer people overall than recent seasonal influenza viruses, although it may be more severe for children.
....When I asked Ed Kilbourne, an emeritus professor at New York Medical College whom I consider to be the dean of influenza experts, about the effectiveness of hand washing for preventing influenza transmission, he said that influenza is transmitted through inhalation, rather than by touching contaminated objects: "Hand washing does nothing to curtail the spread of influenza but it may be a good substitute for hand wringing."
....It is now clear that the 2009 H1N1 virus is not as deadly as current seasonal influenza viruses and that public health efforts to contain its spread were largely wasted.
23. that is what i was saying when all the threads were happening. here. now. amarillo. no vacs
and people arent dying. barely above a flu sick. son had it, tired, not hungry, headache, low grade fever for four days... not even as scary as real flu. but the hype put fear in me up there with all the other threats to our loved ones.
24. Yep. Lol, I have it right now though, and got bronchitis from it.
Edited on Thu Dec-24-09 06:28 PM by krabigirl
Luckily it hasn't yet turned into pneumonia, but I've been really sick for over a week now. Thank goodness for antibiotics. I don't think it was worth a vaccine (my kids got it but were only sick for 2-3 days), but it's not fun either.
You can't have the most critical aspect of this flu be a single phrase - it's a sign that an agenda is in action.
One of my daughters basketball teammates couldn't play for 2 weeks due to pneumonia due to swine flu. One of my coworkers also got pneumonia from swine flu. We had a pretty severe outbreak here in eastern Mass - if people weren't taking extra precautions and sending people home who were sick, it could have been a LOT worse. Armchair quarterbacks are a dime a dozen and therefor they are worthless for the most part. Children dying from the flu is nothing to write off - especially for those of us who had kids in one of the most infected school systems.
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