A Brief Comment on the Swine Flu Hysteria

I’m really sick of hearing about swine flu. According to the CDC there have been 141 reported cases in the US, and one death. Meanwhile, “regular” flu affects 25-30 MILLION people each year, and 30,000 to 40,000 deaths each year in the US (source). As of last June there were 304 million people in the US. So roughly .00005% of the people in the US have swine flu, while about 10% will get regular flu this year. Can we all agree it’s not that big of a deal get back to living our lives? And news outlets, please, shut the fuck up.

If all the statistics don’t convince you, check out this cartoon. It perfectly summarizes the power of fear and hysteria to overwhelm rationality:

Pooh Flu

via BoingBoing