The media are the main cause of panic. An unsourced report being broadcast in South Africa – on the internet and our local radio- is that “According to the World Health Organisation (WHO), at least 429 people have died around the world from swine flu, which has infected 94 512 people in 136 countries”.
This is dangerous nonsense. What an authoritative report today says is “by Monday, the total number of cases worldwide reached 94,512 — with 429 deaths — according to the World Health Organization (WHO)”.
Its all about simple English, between four-letter words: with versus from or of…
All authoritative reports indicate that the great majority of deaths are occurring in patients with serious chronic underlying disease – who commonly die anyway, often of trivial infections . Very few swine flu deaths have been in healthy young people ie attributable to swine flu virus iteslf. It has been clear for months that the swine flu is in general as highly contagious as the long-circulating other flu strains, but if anything milder; with probably millions affected- mostly untested, unreported since it is so mild.
So it is not surprising that where it is tested for, it is commonly found – eg in sick people with serious heart, lung or other immune-suppressing illness.
For unclear reasons – about which conspiracy theorists can speculate given the $trillion benefits to the disease and vaccine and antiviral industry of panic – no consolidatd report of autopsies of patients who have died with swine flu has yet been published, to establish in how many the flu was apparently the cause of death.
Until now, all authoritative reports are that vey few previously healthy people have been confirmed to have died of or from the swine flu- despite the fact that sudden death (ie from often unexpected heart attack, heart arrhythmia or stroke) is the commonest mode of sudden death – especially in the unfit ie smokers, the overweight, asthmatics, cardiacs, cancer etc…