Tuesday, April 28, 2009

Swine Flu < Regular Flu

look at that pig... just plotting.. waiting..
Swine flu is a chump. If you're worried about it and you live in the US you're a chump. Just how dangerous is this dreaded swine flu? According to the CDC swine flu's symptoms are like regular flu symptoms and include fever, cough, sore throat, body aches, headache, chills, and fatigue. Some people have reported diarrhea and vomiting associated with swine flu. Wait a minute, that doesn't just sound "like" regular flu symptoms, that sounds exactally like regular flu symptoms. In fact when you compare swine flu to the regular influenza virus it's like comparing House Party to House Party 2.

"According to the Center for Disease Control 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."

The Flu kills 36,000 people every year! That is a lot of people, way more than I would've expected. Surely swine flu is just as deadly, right?

"Between 2005 until January 2009, 12 human cases of swine flu were detected in the U.S. with no deaths occurring. However, swine flu infection can be serious. In September 1988, a previously healthy 32-year-old pregnant woman in Wisconsin was hospitalized for pneumonia after being infected with swine flu and died 8 days later. A swine flu outbreak in Fort Dix, New Jersey occurred in 1976 that caused more than 200 cases with serious illness in several people and one death."

2 people in 30 years? Yeah nice try swine flu, why don't you go have a seat next to your buddy Ebola and Bird Flu. We'll get around to worrying about you right after we've taken care of the upcoming robot penguin apocalypse.


Mike on April 29, 2009 at 7:10 PM said...




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