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Swine Flu Has Now Killed 10,000 In US?

From an unquestioning Associated Press:

CDC: About 1 in 6 Americans have had swine flu

By MIKE STOBBE (AP)

December 10, 2009

ATLANTA — Health officials now estimate that swine flu has sickened nearly 50 million Americans and killed nearly 10,000.

The new estimates mean about 1 in 6 Americans have had the illness. The figures were released by the Centers for Disease Control and Prevention on Thursday.

The CDC also estimates that 200,000 people have been hospitalized since the virus was first identified in April though mid-November. That’s the same amount that occurs normally in an entire flu season.

Personally speaking, we don’t know anyone who has had swine flu — or even H1N1. But let’s leave that aside for the moment.

When did the number of swine flu deaths in the US shoot up to 10,000?

On December 10, 2009 the Center For Disease Control released its ‘Estimates of 2009 H1N1 Influenza Cases, Hospitalizations and Deaths in the United States’ which puts the number of fatalities from H1N1 in the US at roughly 9,820. (For the record, a typical flu kills 36,000 Americans a year on average.)

And yet according to a December 11, 2009 report (a pdf file) from the EU’s version of our CDC, the European Center For Disease Prevention And Control, the total number of fatalities for the United States is only 1,929.

The ECDC claims that the total number of H1N1 deaths for the entire world is only 10,567. (Even Wikipedia’s entry on Swine Flu in the United States puts the total of confirmed deaths at only 2,607.)

How is it possible that our CDC’s fatality numbers are so much higher than their European counterpart’s?

One of these organizations is very wrong.

Perhaps we are growing cynical, but we are beginning to wonder if sometimes ‘science’ isn’t being politicized to drive an agenda.

This article was posted by Steve on Friday, December 11th, 2009. Comments are currently closed.

8 Responses to “Swine Flu Has Now Killed 10,000 In US?”

  1. BillK says:

    Perhaps we are growing cynical, but we are beginning to wonder if somehow ‘science’ isn’t being politicized to drive an agenda.

    Nah… that never happens.

  2. GL0120 says:

    You ask – “When did the number of swine flu deaths in the US shoot up to 10,000? ”
    About the time that the new health plan began to lose support.
    Of course, that’s merely a coincidence.

  3. proreason says:

    Come on Steve.

    The 10,000 deaths are ones that would have occured without the boy wonder’s intervention.

    • TwilightZoned says:

      Correctomundo, Pro…The CDC supports
      this-ironically. (below)

      Every year in the United States, on average:

      * 5% to 20% of the population gets the flu;
      * more than 200,000 people are hospitalized from flu-related complications; and
      * about 36,000 people die from flu-related causes.

  4. canary says:

    The CDC are just as corrupt as the EPA. They lie, say and do what the feds say. Regular flu deaths started overlapping swine flu over a month ago.
    Got to sell those vaccines so China get’s some money for producing the vaccine. Hmmm. Maybe they have shelf time til next year.

    Think the tons of heroin our troops are packing and loading on to trucks are going to China to make prescription drugs. Great for the 3 day hospice deaths.

  5. Mr Michael says:

    It’s not as weird as it seems. The 1929 cases reported by the Euros is a number that comes from actual, confirmed deaths that have been confirmed to be from H1N1. The CDC 9820 number is arrived at by applying a formula:

    Actual hospitalizations of H1N1 from only 10 states (4992) Now, you have to extrapolate that by a complicated factor designed to account for the rest of the Nation’s cases. We won’t count ’em, but we can calculate them. This is apparently being done by doing it until we like the numbers. Then, you multiply THAT total by 2.7, a factor that accounts for under reporting of the numbers of people actually in the Hospital with H1N1… call that number the National Total of Swine, er, H1N1 Hospitalizations (213,024.) The reported breakdown for kids and adults is Kids 71,029 Adults 141,995.
    Multiply THAT by 1.5% for kids and by 6% for adults, (a reported Death Rate Average, rounded up for ease of math) and you get a range of guestimated deaths.

    SO:
    Kids in Hospitals Nationwide sure to have H1N1: 71,029 x DRA of.015 = 1065
    Adults in Hospitals Nationwide sure to have H1N1: 141,995 x DRA of .06 = 8520
    (I round up, there have been no partial deaths for two millenia)
    1065 + 8520 = 9585 Deaths.

    All numbers taken, calculated and probably misapplied from this page: http://www.cdc.gov/h1n1flu/estimates/results_2009_h1n1.htm

    They make about as much sense as something coming out of the CRU. Camouflage the descent!

  6. crosspatch says:

    1. 10, 000 is still much lower than the average annual mortality rate from seasonal flu.
    2. 10,000 people die on America’s highways every 3 months. 10,000 is not a huge number unless it is people killed as war casualties … then 20 is a “huge” number.

  7. crosspatch says:

    Oh, and it would not surprise me to find that more than 10,000 per year die from yeast infections (Candida sepsis). A study in Australia documented about 5,000 deaths in a 4 year period. Australia has about 21 million people, less than 10% of the US. Assuming a similar rate of deaths in the US, we are talking about at least 50,000 deaths in the US in a 4 year period or a little over 10,000 a year.

    What is missing in all these reports is perspective. You are 4 times more likely to die in a car accident this year than die of swine flu, even if swine flu has already killed 10,000 people. You are about as likely to die from a yeast infection this year as you are to die of swine flu.


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