While skimming through the Google headlines to see what kind of ideas the corporate media wants to drum into the minds of the masses, I saw two headlines that seemed out of place.
Though 2,498 confirmed deaths linked to the H1N1 virus had been reported to the CDC as of January 30, the agency estimates that between 8,330 and 17,160 people actually have died from H1N1.
The overwhelming majority of the people who died -- between 6,390 and 13,170 -- were 18 to 64 years old, the CDC estimates. Between 880 and 1,810 children 17 years old and younger also died from this flu, according to CDC estimates.
In comparison, the CDC says that in a regular flu season, about 36,000 people in the United States die from seasonal flu, with 90 percent of the deaths usually occurring in people age 65 and older.
Since this new flu virus emerged in April 2009, health officials have recognized that the reported numbers of people who have been hospitalized and died provide only a partial picture of the full outbreak. Underreporting of influenza cases and deaths is common, especially in the early weeks or months of an outbreak.
What scaremongering! I have noticed a recent trend that Swine Flu is reappearing in the news.
Another headline from The Baltimore Sun states: “H1N1 infections reach 57 million”
About 57 million people in the United States have come down with swine flu infections, resulting in 257,000 hospitalizations and 11,690 deaths, according to new data out today from the CDC.
The estimates are from last April, when the outbreak first began, through Jan. 16 of this year and are an increase from the 47 million figure reported through mid-November.
The new numbers are actually the mid-level of a wide range of estimates. The range of infections goes from 41 million to 84 million, and the number of deaths from 8,330 to 17,160.
As we've reported before, children have been disproportionately affected by the H1N1 virus, with the latest estimates totaling nearly 20 million infections among people less than 18 years old.
While infections have certainly slowed since last fall, the virus is still spreading and will continue for months, public health officials continue to warn. It's not too late to get your swine flu shot.
I don’t live the US so it’s hard to say how accurate these projections are, but the idea of 21 percent of Americans having contracted the H1N1 When Figs Can Fly virus seems rather high. I know several people who have had it, including my sister and her family (the schools in her town closed because most of the kids were infected), a few friends, and the parents of another set of friends. But twenty percent? Surely that would have had a huge impact on the economy, right? But then again, they are only estimates made by government employees who have been known to make up numbers to provide for the never-ending expansion of bureaucracy while lining their pockets with government funds and insider stock tips like buying stock in pharmaceutical companies before the “pandemic” is announced.
Go back to the first article. As of January 30th, only 2,498 confirmed cases have been reported to the CDC.
That’s all, 2,498 confirmed deaths. The CDC estimates that between 880 and 1,810 children died from this flu. Child deaths are unusual and one would think that there would be more testing to determine the cause of death of a child. A 65 year-old may have died from natural causes or flu, so it’s easy to understand the gray area, but the numbers for children should not be so out of whack. As of November 6, 2009, the CDC had 129 laboratory-confirmed deaths of children under the age of 18. That didn’t stop them from speculating that 540 children were among the 3900 H1N1 deaths as of November 12, 2009.
The same article reports that up to 12 million adults up to the age of 64 had been reported ill, with 53,000 hospitalizations and 2,900 deaths.
We are told to believe that even though cases of H1N1 declined after November, somehow 450 percent more cases were recorded between November 12, 2009 and February 12, 2010.
Sure. What this means is that the majority of people wisely rejected the mercury-filled vaccine that happened to have a patent application in August 2007, almost two years before this obviously man-made virus made its first appearance. Now the government is stuck with a bunch of useless vaccines, so they are inflating the numbers. Notice how even the Baltimore Sun admits the numbers have been slowing since fall, but yet they encourage people to continue to line of for their vaccinations.
Many people might assume that a country like India would have a far greater rate of H1N1 given the billion plus population and the unsanitary conditions that plague many parts of the country. Perhaps it is their diet, as spices like cinnamon and turmeric have known anti-viral properties, because India reports a mere 1,296 deaths as of February 12, 2010. The total number of lab-confirmed cases in India is 29,268.
Yes, India is a poor nation that does not have the resources to test their population in larger numbers, and perhaps a lot more died than reported, but it's hard to believe that the US would have 50 million cases of H1N1 while India has less than a million (I am estimating for India the way the CDC estimates for the US.)
Granted, diet could play a huge factor in preventing H1N1 (much better than a vaccination), but India’s rates are in alignment with the rest of the world.
2009 flu pandemic data
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Other European countries
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Further information: Cases and deaths by country
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On October 24 2009, the Salt Lake City Desert News reported that “about 20 percent of children contracting swine flu were a misinterpretation of the data and that the numbers were undoubtedly much lower.”
“That data was from a CDC-conducted telephone survey of 14,000 randomly selected households. Residents were asked if they had suffered influenza-like illness between Oct. 1 and Oct. 11. The researchers found that 1 in 5 children and 7 percent of adults had suffered such symptoms, but no effort was made to confirm the nature of the illnesses.”
“Frieden said that although infection rates of 1 in 5 children have been observed in some communities during the peaks of infection, it is likely that the majority of children in the survey simply suffered from colds and sniffles.”
The polling method was not scientific. Furthermore, there are many people who wanted to have Swine Flue for bragging rights. I know that sounds weird to a normal person, but Americans are competitive in their need to be culturally homogenous: if their neighbor had sine flue, then gosh darnit, so did some of the telephone responders, regardless of their health.
Aside from the non-scientific approach, no one really knows the real results of the polls said. The CDC wants these inflated numbers so they have a purpose. Will the CDC release the 14,000 numbers they called so Americans can verify the validity of such a poll? Of course not. It could have been 1,000 people said yes, but the pharmaceutical companies need a higher number.
Under the FOIA, CBS News requested the CDC to provide statistics regarding actual H1N1 infection rates. The CDC refused to provide the information. Two months later, CBS News requested statistics from individual State Health Departments. To say that the CDC grossly over-reported the numbers of Swine Flue is an understatement.
“With most cases diagnosed solely on symptoms and risk factors, the H1N1 flu epidemic may seem worse than it is.”
Read between the lines in the next article from WJAC in Pennsylvania.
With the third wave of the H1N1 virus on its way to the Alleghenies, officials are urging folks to get vaccinated. But could those vaccines expire before everyone gets their dose?
Area pharmacies stocked up on shots. Now, those pharmacies could be stuck with a shelf full of expired vaccines.
Cambria County Emergency Management predicts the third wave of the H1N1 virus will flow through the Alleghenies in February and March.
EMA Director Ron Springer said, “The third wave could be as minor as what the second wave was or it could come back and strike with a vengeance with that unknown we are still moving ahead to provide those vaccines to the people who want them.”
Springer said they have thousands of shots to offer and they're almost finished giving vaccines to participating schools.
Cambria County’s shots don’t expire until 2011 while other agencies are looking at a much shorter shelf life.
Martin's Food and Drugstore in Altoona said their vaccines expire in April.
Pharmacist Kylee McDougal said, “We did expect to have a high volume of vaccinations just due to the flu season so we did order a big supply we have a good number of doses left.”
Hmmm. Expired vaccines. This represents a PR nightmare for the vaccine manufacturers as it makes them look like they hyped a virus to increase corporate profits. It’s also a telling example of the American public to dismiss the dire warnings of the politicians that govern their lives. This is a resistance movement and ay type of resistance scares the government machine. It will be more difficult to convince cash-strapped states and federal government to kick in billions more for worthless vaccines. It also represents a major disposal problem that could be fairly expensive. Finally, if these shots are not used up now, there is less chance that the US government will be more before it goes bankrupt.
It's not only the pharmaceutical companies looking for this cash bonanza. cash-strapped states like California have asked the federal government for help in controlling this "pandemic". It wouldn't be out of range to assume that a few politicians might want to over represent their numbers to inject some cash flow into the state coffers.Now you know why the CDC has a motive to lie. Now you know why they claim 20 percent of Americans were infected with H1N1.