Who’s Kidding WHO?
Posted by Exile on August 5, 2009
There have been 800 confirmed deaths in the world related to swine flu as of Tuesday afternoon. But another virus has killed thousands of people since January and is expected to keep killing hundreds of people every week for the rest of the year.
Hmm..? Ebola? Plague? Black Death? No. Just plain old ordinary influenza. So what’s all the fuss about? I figure it this way. The WHO has to justify it’s existence somehow and the annual "new strain of influenza that is going to wipe out humanity" scare is one of them.
In the meantime, worldwide, the annual death toll from the flu (the ordinary, boring, not to be concerned about, flu) is estimated to be between 250,000 and 500,000. The blessed and un-do-without-able-lest-we-all-perish WHO doesn’t seem to be the least bit interested. Which makes one wonder.
Mind you, we have known about ordinary influenza for donkeys years. It came to us naturally. Whereas, in contrast to ordinary flu, it cost billions of dollars to discover swine flu and give it an inappropriate name. The pharmaceutical companies are earning billions of dollars developing vaccines for it too. I guess that’s progress for you. The power of money never ceases to amaze me.
The USA is particularly stricken with the swine flu fever. Not the disease fever, but the “fear of getting it” fever. Some are attempting to placate the trembling masses. From CNN;
Seeking to put the swine flu outbreak in perspective Tuesday, Los Angeles County public health officer Dr. Jonathan Fielding echoed other public officials calling it "cause for concern, but not for alarm."
"Given the size of L.A. County, given the traffic between here and Mexico, it would be very surprising if we didn’t have any cases," Fielding said.
He said the county, where the CDC had confirmed 10 cases of swine flu by Tuesday, sees more than 1,000 flu-related deaths every year.
"So it would also not be surprising if there were deaths with swine flu — even if it had the pattern of seasonal flu," he said. "Thus far, the pattern we see in the United States is very similar to that of seasonal flu — relatively mild to moderate cases."
Didn’t you just know that? I hereby call the panic off. You can all rest easy. Unless you get the real flu. You know, the ordinary, boring, totally not dangerous flu. The cheap and cheerful one. Then you might really be in trouble.
But don’t mention it to the WHO.
Wouldn’t want to be accused of scare mongering. Would you?