Going hogwild over swine flu

Keep it all in perspective.

As the headlines get more sensational so will the public’s hysteria. Everyone needs to remain calm and be a realist. As more information is spread about the “swine flu”, more cases are bound to be identified. This does not necessarily mean the actual virus is spreading, it is just being identified better.

Every Canadian case, thus far, has had a direct link to Mexico, courtesy of a visit there. Also, every case has been mild and treated. Consider that 60,000 Canadians visit Mexico monthly, according to reported stats, we are bound to see our numbers come up.

The virus has not mutated but the coverage of it certainly has. Misleading headlines, 24-7 redundant coverage and a lack of information and people wanting to be fully informed only makes things worse.

Here are some informative links to help you get key, unbiased information:

Centers for Disease Control and Prevention

Health Canada

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2 thoughts on “Going hogwild over swine flu

  1. Patrick McConnell

    Here is a stat off the Centres for Disease Control web site out of the U.S. that i just googled:

    “Each flu season is unique, but it is estimated that, on average, approximately 5% to 20% of U.S. residents get the flu, and more than 200,000 persons are hospitalized for flu-related complications each year. About 36,000 Americans die on average per year from the complications of flu.”

    I am sure there are similar stats for Canada. Bottom line, let’s keep this in perspective.

  2. No kidding! It’s also worthwhile to point out that the cases so far confirmed in Canada are being described as “mild” and “not as bad as the regular flu”.

    On a completely unrelated topic, I’m starting up a directory (*very* simple right now) of local Toronto (and GTA) blogs (by locals or about the city). Specifically, I’d like to collect an index of interesting local blogs with original content — and yours more than fits the bill. Would you consider adding it to the directory?

    http://www.torontocitylife.com/blogs

    Cheers!

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