Swine Flu

We’ve all heard about this new disease in the news recently… but, as far as I can see, there’s nothing to worry about. There are over 6 billion people on this planet, and 898 people have it.

To put things into perspective, less than 1% of the world’s population have swine flu. 1% of the world’s population is roughly 60,000,000. We’re miles away from a huge killing disease then!

I heard a discussion about swine flu on the Jeremy Vine Show on BBC Radio 2 last week… the UK has enough treatment for 50% of the population, yet the worst case scenario will be that less than 25% of the population get the disease, all at different times.

So… why do we need 32 million facemasks?

To sum up, here’s a post made on the R2OK! Forums by site owner, John W.

Of all the cases in the UK nobody is actually very ill, in fact they can stay at home and recover from the mild symptoms. Meanwhile in the last month around 240 have died in UK and many more seriously hurt…

Based on figures for 2007, there were a total of 247,780 casualties of all severities.

2,946 people were killed,
27,774 were seriously injured,
217,060 were slightly injured.

Oh, it’s the figures for road accidents.

Shall we ban cars?

Quote from: John W, owner of the R2OK! site.

Fred Hart

Stock Controller and Radio Presenter/Producer

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