- MSNBC - "Hundreds of Kids May Have the Swine Flu"
- CNN - "Federal OfficialsHold Briefing on Swine Flu Outbreak"
- FOX News - "Homeland Security Dept. Briefing on Swine Flu" & "LA Officials Probe Two Possible Swine Flu Deaths" & "Mexico Slammed for Slow Response"
- Across the entire Mexican nation, there are over 109 million people. Of those millions, 1600 people think they could have the virus. The number of deaths Mexican officials suspect were caused by swine flu are 149.
- Every year in America (population 303.8 million), more than 200,000 people are hospitalized from (regular) flu-related complications and about 36,000 people die from flu-related causes. At this time, 64 cases of Swine Flu were confirmed in the US in NYC, California, Kansas, Ohio and Texas.
And you don't have to take my word for it... the Center for Disease Control says the same thing.
The word "pandemic" does sound pretty threatening. As I was listening to the latest news while getting ready for work this morning, I wondered what a pandemic really was. Google told me that a pandemic is a widespread outbreak. Not very helpful. But it turns out that "pandemic" phases are kind of subjective. This is a good link to a chart showing the WHO pandemic phases: http://www.pandemicflu.gov/plan/federal/fedresponsestages.html
Lots of information out there. Lots of media hype. Bottom line... don't make this out to be more than it is.
And don't forget to wash your hands.