Originally posted to Facebook Notes
I did a little research earlier.
A few facts about causes of deaths from the CDC ‘final’ numbers from 2005:
- Heart disease: 652,091
- Cancer: 559,312
- Stroke (cerebrovascular diseases): 143,579
- Chronic lower respiratory diseases: 130,933
- Accidents (unintentional injuries): 117,809
- Diabetes: 75,119
- Alzheimer’s disease: 71,599
- Influenza/Pneumonia: 63,001
- Nephritis, nephrotic syndrome, and nephrosis: 43,901
- Septicemia: 34,136
- Suicide: 32,637
- Chronic liver disease and cirrhosis: 27,530
- Hypertension: 24,902
- Parkinson’s disease: 19,544
- Assault (homicide): 18,124
- AIDS: 12,652
- ‘other’ causes (including AIDS): 433,800
- Swine flu US deaths in 2009: 1 *
* and the 1 death involved a young child brought over the border from Mexico, already quite sick and described as having ‘further complications’
no other countries outside of Mexico have reported deaths from the flu.
This is not the first time H1N1 has struck the US in recent history. There was a small outbreak in 1976 and another case reported in 1988. As an interesting aside, the 1976 outbreak started with a soldier at fort Dix who died from complications. Some of his fellow soldiers also came down with the disease but it never appeared to spread beyond Fort Dix.
The resulting fear of pandemic led the US government to start an immunization program that eventually led to 24% of the population being immunized in just the first 10 days and leading to the deaths of 3 elderly people from the immunization itself. By the end of the year 33% of the population had been immunized and about 500 cases of complications from the shots were reported resulting in death from severe pulmonary complications for 25 people!
Some of the reactions from the current outbreak:
- 141 swine flu cases reported to date across entire US as of May 1st according to the CDC
- Swine flu shuts more than 433 schools
- Major U.S. airlines announce plans to curtail flights into Mexico
- the vice president’s comments starts a panic about travelling in crowded spaces such as subways and airplanes
- Pharmacies in Manhattan reported that paper face masks were selling by the box.
- New Mexico officials report being besieged with calls about swine flu
- Students at a Chicago school were instructed not to shake hands with anyone **
- Southern Illinois University urged students to wash their hands frequently and cover their mouths when coughing **
- Security guards at all entrances to the University of Chicago Medical Center required anyone walking in to use a liquid disinfectant **
- An entire school district in south Texas was closed
- Citizens near San Antonia warned to avoid public gatherings
- World Health Organization raised it’s threat level after 149 cases in Mexico
- US Government ships 11 million doses of anti-viral Tamiflu from it’s stockpile to Mexico border states
- Obama requests $1.5 billion in ’emergency funds’ to help build drug stockpiles and to monitor future cases
- Richard Besser, acting director of the Centers for Disease Control and Prevention warns of “deaths from this infection”
- Napalitano warns of preparations to ‘quaranteen’ major airports if the need arises
** at the time the recommendations were made, no cases of swine flu were reported in Illinois
Are the American people really that ready to be led astray by media and government hype?
(oh wait, they voted for Obama, forget I asked!)