Swine Flu Fears Nothing But Hogwash

By iamned - Last updated: Monday, April 27, 2009 - Save & Share - 7 Comments

United States futures dipped modesty lower on Sunday evening over fears of a potential swine flu pandemic. The swine flu has already killed dozens of people, all of whom resided in Mexico. So is there anything to fear? Short answer: no. All of this doom and gloom is overblown. There will be no pandemic, no body bags and corpses littering the street, no witch hunts, no burning at the stakes, and houses won’t be boarded up.

This outbreak is analogous to the SARS epidemic of 2003, in which a disproportionate amount of public panic ensued relative to the economic toll inflicted. Within a few weeks it was over.

This is no different. Ignore the media doom and gloom regarding the imaginary pandemic, and just keep buying the dips. The rally will resume. I guarantee within a month these chicken littles will have to go back to the drawing board to conjure up a new doomsday scenario that they can pin their hopes on in which to cover their underwater short positions.

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7 Responses to “Swine Flu Fears Nothing But Hogwash”

Comment from Ray Antoky
Time April 27, 2009 at 1:52 pm

Hey Cetin,
Once again you are looking right on target.
BTW if you are in the USA what part of the country are you in?
Just curious. Ray, in Brooklyn, NY

Comment from MLSV
Time April 27, 2009 at 1:53 pm

I agree completely. It is absolutely ridiculous and unpardonnable to scare people with first pages like, “Swine Flu Panic”. Those journalists should be arrested and prosecuted.

We all know there is a crisis in the written media, but is it reason and to spread panic and fear among people, just to sell a few thousands pappers? i really feel pity for the trees!!

My advice: do like me, stop buying newspappers!

Comment from Marco Scorcelletti
Time April 28, 2009 at 5:08 am

You are 100% on target man, for the media machine this is a blessing. Finally something else, besides the economic crisis, to talk and write about, and it’s something they can hype and blow it up as high as they can, for the masses at large are sheep !

Some prospective: in any “normal” ( as in with no hysteria-swine-flu ) year, any normal year out there, in the US only, there are about 25k to 35k of deaths due to the flu. 25thousands flu-victims yearly. That is ~ 68 deaths a day for the entire year, from the FLU ! And the news agencies ? Not a single word.
Worldwide, that amount goes up to half a million deaths a year. That makes ~ 1300 deaths daily for the whole year, and all “flu deaths” Again, do the media report this ? Nope, not a mention.
Always ffrom the CDC, on average, in the USA, every year, during the flu season, ~ 20% of the population, “get” the flue, one way or the other. People, that’s about 60 million people in USof A get the flue every year, and 35thousands of them die.

In the meantime, if you believe US Today, in this same article, about Mexico, it is reported: “the confirmed death toll in the country is up to 20,”
20 NOT 148 !! Media outlets, are blowing this WAY out of proportion.

3000 kids die of malaria EVERY SINGLE DAY ! Where is the media !!! ???
Why, all of a sudden, this outbreak of news reporting about a bad flu season in Mexico !?? Was it getting too hard to keep writing about the economy crisis ?
Too many cases of employees kidnapping their managers ? Too many shootings ? It’s easier to pick out an “outside enemy” , faceless like a virus, and make up a nice story. WAKE UP !! Flue is a virus and it travels everywhere, usually following air travel, all this is NOTHING NEW. Half a million people die every year of the flu, worldwide. About 25 to 35 thousands death in the US alone, and the media find that out NOW !??
Never allow an opinion to come in the way of a fact….

Are we scared yet ? Well maybe. When sick, go to see a doctor right ? Nope, not if you are aware that the American Medical Association itself, reports that in the USofA, doctor mistakes cause ~ 590 deaths a DAY. And yet, we all still go to the doctor, correct ?

And now, all this global mass hysteria over the swine-flu ? Something else is up, out there.
Clearly there was a need of shifting the global focus of people into something else, and what else of an outbreak of something obscure, unstoppable, like a virus ?
This is a global-media-orgasm-hysteria.

Watch for the movie coming out soon. On DVD, since no-one will go to theaters for fear.
How dumb are we all ?

Comment from Kara
Time April 28, 2009 at 3:15 pm

You are right (as usual), and I could not agree more about the Swine Flu sideshow. And I love the above post from Marco, “never allow an opinion to come in the way of a fact . . .”

Comment from RCA
Time April 30, 2009 at 3:59 pm

The big difference between common flu and swine flu that you sunshine people are ignoring, is the fact that the common flu is mitigated greatly by millions of people getting flu shots. There is no vaccine for swine flu, and won’t be one for months.

Swine flu is not a great threat because of its mortality rate. It is a great threat because we have no way to stop it. It has the potential to rapidly spread, unchecked, throughout the world population.

Even if swine flu mortality is no greater than common flu mortality, it will have a much more profound impact. Ten percent of several billion people at risk is quite a lot of cadavers. Not to mention the disruption to commerce when half or more of the work force is out sick.

Comment from Ned (adminsitrator)
Time April 30, 2009 at 7:39 pm

Thanks for the comments. It looks like the worst is over. Only one death in the US in toddler, which is a high risk demographic. The death toll in Mexico has plateaued.

Comment from Jeff
Time April 30, 2009 at 8:52 pm

Ya, because the Mexican’s always post truthful numbers right.

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