Friday, October 16, 2009

H1N1: So what?

Here is the story from
CDC: 87 Children Dead From H1N1

Federal health officials said Friday that 11 more children have died in the past week, bringing the total up to 87.

The Centers for Disease Control and Prevention says about half of the child deaths since September have been among teenagers.

According to the same Centers for Disease Control, in 2005, 1,377 children died from cancer.

In order for H1N1 to even get close to the number of children killed by cancer 4 years ago, H1N1 would have to kill approximately 107 children every week for the rest of the year.

Even then, you are only talking about roughly 0.00045% of the U.S. population.

While I sympathize with the parents who have lost their children to H1N1, from a macro perspective, this news story is insignificant.

Move along people, nothing to see here...

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