Swine Flu Less Potent Than Expected

  • May 2, 2009
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According to The Associated Press Swine Flu has turned out to be less potent than first expected. We can all rest easy for now. “The virus shows little staying power in the hardest hit cities.” So far in the United States swine flu looks similar to your average flu variety that hits every winter.  I actually bought Hormel Food Corporation stock today since it’s trading at a discount due to the Swine Flu outbreak. Looking at the news flow regarding Swine Flu looks like things will return to normal and Hormel stock will go up, probably gaining a quick 2 points.

Swine Flu all Hype? Google Flu Tracker Says Low

The average yearly death rate for just your run of the mill flu is 63,729 per year. That’s 5,310 per month, 1,225 per week, 174 per day. This is just in the United States. Don’t you think if the news media reported every death from just your average flu people might panic as they have with Swine Flu? How many deaths have resulted from the Swine  Flu so far… 149 in Mexico. To back my theory that this is mostly hype check out the screen shot of Google Flu Tracker. The activity for flu in the United States says “Low.”







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