The Pandemic That Isn’t
I know I said I wasn’t going to do anything on the Swine Flu issue, but Sandy over at Junkfood Science has done a fabulous job of cutting through the media hype and hysteria over this, and well………..I just couldn’t NOT do something here.
Part One of the Swine Flu epidemic here.
By the end of the day, panic over swine flu had reached pandemic proportions, with more than 117,607 news stories appearing on Google News. As media professor, Robert Thompson, at Syracuse University in New York, told Reuters this morning: “If as many people had swine flu as those [in media] that are covering swine flu, then it would be a pandemic to reckon with.”
He was more right than readers realize. As of tonight, the World Health Organization’s Swine Influenza Update reports 91 confirmed cases of the swine flu in the United States and one death; while Mexico has 26 confirmed cases, including seven deaths.
117,607 news stories
That’s 1,005 news stories for each case of the flu.
Read the FULL STORY here.
Realizing that the CDC‘s own statistics show that over 30,000 people – in the U.S. alone – die every single year from influenza (63,000 in 2005); and the World Health Organization‘s (WHO) own statistics state that between 250,000 and 500,000 people die every single year globally from influenza, I’ve been wondering WHY all the hysteria over less than 2,000 cases globally and less than 200 deaths globally? I don’t hear about pandemic levels every year during flu season. So why all the hysteria so soon?
The media is having a field day with this. The fact that the WHO is calling this a near pandemic has me questioning their credibility. Actually, it is just confirming their lack of credibility for me.
The bigger question for me though is WHY they feel the need to try to keep us in a constant state of fear? Why are so few of us questioning this?