Swine Flu

From an AP story on the GT website:

In the United States each year, human flu causes an estimated 36,000 deaths, mostly among the elderly and very young. About 200,000 people in the U.S. are hospitalized each year because of flu complications.

That’s from the regular ol’ non-swine versions.  Well, how bad is the swine pandemic?  It must be bad, right?

There are 197 confirmed cases of swine flu in the U.S. and only one person, a toddler from Mexico seeking medical treatment in Houston, has died from swine flu.

“We certainly have not been seeing a wave of very severe illness,’’ Kohn said.

Whoops.  Calm down, TV newscasters.

As a side note, the Beatles @ OSU performance I went to last night was packed – it might have sold out – and I didn’t hear anyone but me cracking jokes or even talking about the swine flu.

It seems like we should be more concerned about the factory farming conditions that exacerbate things like swine flu.

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