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H1N1 Flu Update

URL: http://www.jewishjournal.com/nicejewishdoctor/item/h1n1_flu_update

Today’s Wall Street Journal summarized the most recent data well (link below). Since the virus first spread to humans in April, swine flu has sickened 22 million Americans. That’s about 7% of us. The vast majority of illnesses have been mild. Still, 98,000 people have been hospitalized. That sounds like a lot, but it’s fewer than 1 in 200 people who have contracted swine flu. 3,900 have died so far, a terrifying number until we compare it to the approximately 36,000 who die annually of garden-variety seasonal flu. That means that, on average, fewer than one in 75,000 swine flu patients die.

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