OMG AHH!!

27 04 2009

DID YOU HEAR? THE SKY IS FLUING THE SKY IS FLUING!! WE’RE ALL GOING TO DIIIIIEEEEE!!! THE FLU WILL KEEEEEEEEL UUUUUUSSS!!!!!

Oh, what’s that you say? It’s only a 6% mortality rate, and that’s only counting people diagnosed, meaning the mortality rate is actually much lower? This isn’t 1918, we have antiviral medication and understand how the flu works and can treat it quite well? The chances of it even going pandemic are very low? Hysterics make things worse, not better? LIAR! THE SKY, SHE IS FALLING!

This whole thing is a perfect example of why the news media is not functional. They do not provide a reasoned, calm, realistic analysis, they launch “swine flue tracking” programs, run stories about the panic it (they) are causing, and are generally more histrionic than a squirrel on amphetamines.

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29 04 2009
ibyea

About the mortality rate… erm that deadly 1918 flu had a 2 to 5% mortality rate. It is not only the mortality rate that counts, whether it is going to spread a lot counts too. So, even if 6% doesn’t sound a lot, cumulatively, it can leave a whole lotta dead people.

1 05 2009
Perpetual Dissent

My point, which I guess I didn’t make clear enough, was that this is only 6% among people who are expressing symptoms severe enough to be noticed as this strain. There are likely far more cases than are being reported or noticed, making that 6% actually very much smaller.

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