2 more states report a handful of mild flu cases...Huffington Post utilizes the Bush Fear Tactic..
Edited on Sun Apr-26-09 03:31 PM by percussivemadness
Huffington Post must be running out of Britney headlines....
Not trying to be cynical, well actually I am, Arianna must be getting a huge pay off from someone to run with sensationalist headlines as Huffington Post is at the moment...Or simply, they have no more Britney headlines to run at the moment.
Here are the facts to date...
1) 81 people have died out of over 1000 infections. However, we do not know anything about the people who have died, other than tests have confirmed that 20 people have died directly as a result. We do not actually know if the remaining 61 died as a result of the flu, or as a result of a lingering illness exacerbated by the flu.
2) 20 people have apparently been infected in the USA. Who has not been infected is President Obama, his entourage, the press corps , the international press corps, all of whom apparently were in close contact with the archaeologist who died a day later from the swine flu on April 16. Allowing for a 7 day incubation period, we would be expecting all of the aforementioned to be coming down with flu left right and center.
3) Online "magazines" such as Huffington Post are fueling this fear with sensationalist headlines that are not backed up by the facts...Take this excerpt from their main feature "Unlike in Mexico where the same strain appears to be killing dozens of people, cases in the United State have been mild _ and U.S. health authorities can't yet explain why."
The critical word here is appears.
Huffington Post has long ago sold its questionable journalistic principles to the highest bidder, if it ever had any in the first place, this latest batch of sensationalist fear mongering is as despicable as anything the Bush administration indulged in in making its case for war.
In Mexico, the virus is primarily killing otherwise healthy 20-40 year olds. What makes you believe that many deaths are due to "other lingering illnesses exacerbated by the flu? Do you have a source? This doesn't appear to be the case in Mexico. It's worth noting that the small number of US infections span a wider age group, including children. H1N1 is known to cause cytokine storms in the healthy immune systems of young adults... A healthy immune system may be a liability rather than an asset, in this case.
Sometimes cynicism is healthy, but I think precaution is important in this situation.
ON EDIT: I see you take issue with the word "appears" which I've used several times in the post above. I think it's a perfectly valid word to describe an emerging trend in a dynamic situation while evidence is being collected.
The information may not be substantiated to your personal satisfaction, but this isn't a legal trial with burden of proof standards.
All information is cloudy in the early phases of a situation like this, and the Internet has proven itself time and time again as a brilliant invention for percolating and spreading information faster than traditional processes.
In general information is pointing to a trend of more and more outbreaks (with links to Mexico) and fatalities. I don't see the motivation for cynicism. I don't want to appear to be picking an argument with you.
It's informed suspicion based upon clinical observations regarding the circumstances of their deaths.
However, your contention that "We do not actually know if the remaining 61 died as a result of the flu, or as a result of a lingering illness exacerbated by the flu" is "pure speculation" on your part.
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