Originally Posted by Bmats7
"The Public Health Agency's website says on average, the common flu sends about 20,000 Canadians to hospital each year. Between 4,000 and 8,000 Canadians can die of influenza and its complications annually, depending on the severity of the season. "
When the swine flu reaches those numbers... it will be like the REGULAR flu lol. Of course most of these healthy people in Mexico do not get the flu shot (although this will not prevent swine flu) and so many healthy people in mexico die of the regular flu as well.
I believe all the deaths so far have been in and around mexico city? That is one of the most populated and unsanitary cities in the world, and with all the smoke and whatnot it has something like 30% less oxygen than at sea level? Many people in the states that caught this flu had mild symptoms and many have already fought it off on their own.
This thing has been blown way out of proportion.
How do you figure? The response is proportional to what's been going on - a mutated flu which popped up in Mexico and killed a bunch of people and as with other outbreaks of a similar nature, there's always the possibility of it becoming a widespread pandemic. In order to be prepared so we have a chance to minimize a possible widespread outbreak, we have to react to it in this way. If we, like some on this thread, simply treat it as some sort of trivial matter and brush it off as some example of human paranoia, then we aren't prepared at all.