Tuesday, August 25, 2009

Ready to be scared?

Posted By on Tue, Aug 25, 2009 at 2:49 PM

Gearing up for Halloween, right alongside retailers, some media outlets are doing their best to scare the crap out of people about swine flu.

(Oh, I'm sorry -- the P.C. term is H1N1. We don't want to upset the pork industry, now do we CDC?)

Be smart. Wash your hands. Stay away from sick people. If you're sick stay home. And, most importantly, don't freak out. Let me repeat: Do.Not.Freak.Out.

Swine flu may hospitalize 1.8 million patients in the U.S. this year, filling intensive care units to capacity and causing “severe disruptions” during a fall resurgence, scientific advisers to the White House warned.

Swine flu, also known as H1N1, may infect as much as half of the population and kill 30,000 to 90,000 people, double the deaths caused by the typical seasonal flu, according to the planning scenario issued yesterday by the President’s Council of Advisers on Science and Technology. Intensive care units in hospitals, some of which use 80 percent of their space in normal operation, may need every bed for flu cases, the report said.

More from Bloomberg.com.

Meanwhile, there are reports that the vaccine might make you sick too.

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