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CDC tacitly admits swine flu dramatically less severe than seasonal flu

By Michael Fumento

In my "Pandemic over a Piglet" article at Forbes.com May 15, I challenged both assertions of the WHO-backed authors in Science magazine, that swine flu was both more severe and more contagious than seasonal flu. I noted that the very evidence they gave showed the opposite. It was quite simply a dishonest article. Now there's even more evidence as to swine flu severity. The Centers for Disease Control and Prevention says there have probably been more than 100,000 infections, with only five U.S. deaths. Seasonal flu has a death rate of about one per thousand or 100 per 100,000. So swine flu's death rate at this point is 5% that of seasonal flu.

So much for the next "Spanish Flu" - more like the next severe cold.

May 18, 2009 05:51 PM  ·  Diseases (other than AIDS and cancer)