Posts Tagged ‘swine flu’

Mexico lowers swine flu alert level

Monday, May 4th, 2009


Mexico has allowed the reopening of non-essential businesses such as libraries, museums, and cafes after a 5 day closure due to the recent swine flu outbreak.  Mexico was the epicenter for this worldwide outbreak of swine flu.  Schools nationwide remain closed pending completion of inspections to ensure student safety.

1000 people worldwide have been sickened by the swine flu virus.  These cases have occurred in North America, South America, Europe and Asia.  245 cases have been confirmed in the US, across 35 states.

Commentary

Why has the media grabbed onto this story and whipped the world into such a frenzy?  Does this virus merit this level of fearmongering?  I don’t think that it does.  Let’s take a look at some other data…

For a point of reference, according to the CDC’s most recently posted data (April 11, 2009), there have been 25,407 confirmed cases of the flu (types A and B) in the US alone this year.  There were 53 pediatric deaths from the flu in that same time period.

Swine flu has infected 245 people with 1 pediatric death to date.  Why is this such a big deal?  Is this some attempt to divert the attention of US residents away from other current events such as the state of the economy?