Swine Flu Alert! Don't Believe the Hype?

As time goes on the H1N1 "swine flu" virus might infect and kill millions of people, or it might turn out to be one of those stories that the media hyped, but that never came to pass. As this video presentation from the website gapminder points out using some interesting statistics - there are many other diseases out there that barely make the news, even though they impact far more people.

I'm not saying that this recent influenza outbreak isn't interesting or news worthy (it is), but as a famous hip hop group once told us, Don't Believe the Hype!

Or at least give it a critical second glance...

Your Comments, Thoughts, Questions, Ideas

Anonymous's picture
Anonymous says:

wach out for the swine flu it's dangerous.

posted on Fri, 05/08/2009 - 2:04pm
nia wilson's picture
nia wilson says:

That is sad that people is geting that and they come down here to spred it to minnasots well people told me that but i dont balive it.

posted on Fri, 05/08/2009 - 2:08pm
Anonymous's picture
Anonymous says:

The media is focusing on swine flu to distract us from other issues. Influenza has been the number one inefctious disease in terms of deaths for years. It beats AIDS, TB, and malaria. Swine flu won't be any worse.

posted on Fri, 05/08/2009 - 3:49pm
Anonymous's picture
Anonymous says:

i agree

posted on Sat, 05/09/2009 - 10:44am
Roosevelt81's picture
Roosevelt81 says:

Aaaahhhh... Swine Flu! I knew karma would seek revenge for that rotting pig experiment at the science museum. Actually, I'm just kidding. Now where did I put my hand sanitizer?

posted on Tue, 05/12/2009 - 5:54pm
Anonymous's picture
Anonymous says:

Funny, Darth Roosevelt! Howver, I am sure the whole idea of believeing in Karma is to not to seek revenge, but offer forgiveness, respect, and all that. Since swine flu makes pigs very sick as well, I think the pigs are good with letting "it" go. The pig was donated from a processing plant-it was not killed for the experiement. What is interesting is how simply and effectivly "Flu" is able to radomize its DNA and allow genetic shift (drift) to occur. These simple changes make ones immunity no longer useful to the new form and gives the potential to develop a more harmful form.

posted on Wed, 05/13/2009 - 9:56am
JGordon's picture
JGordon says:

A little side note:
We actually got the pig from a farm just south of St. Paul, and it wasn't killed at all. That is to say, it was dead when we got it, but we had to wait for a pig the right size to die. (I drove down there and picked the pig up myself, so you can take my word for it.)

No, I'd say that whatever mystical backlash is causing the swine flu (I'm more inclined to believe it's a curse than bad Karma) is unrelated to our rotten piggy. Personally, I frequently meddle with forces beyond my human understanding, so it could be my fault.

posted on Wed, 05/13/2009 - 10:18am

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