Monday, August 24, 2009

A Filthy, Plague-Ridden Hellhole

When it comes to being at risk of contracting swine flu, there are far worse places one could be than in Mexico. The United States, for example.

Swine Flu Could Infect Half of U.S.

Swine flu could infect half the U.S. population this fall and winter, hospitalizing up to 1.8 million people and causing as many as 90,000 deaths -- more than double the number that occur in an average flu season, according to an estimate from a presidential panel released Monday.

Although most of the cases probably would be mild, up to 300,000 people could require intensive care, which could tie up all those beds in some parts of the country at the peak of the outbreak, the council said.

"This is going to be fairly serious," said Harold E. Varmus of Memorial Sloan-Kettering Cancer Center in New York

Having let most of our epidemiology staff go a few weeks ago, we're not really in a position to assess the panel's prediction. But we'll happily put some good money down on this one: America's tourism industry will not be decimated by this report, and you won't see Sanjy friggin' Gutpa standing outside Walter Reed wearing a surgical mask.

Discuss.

4 comments:

Dave said...

Good points. I suspect some double standard...there is a pretty narrow view on the streets around here of Mexico, and people seem poised to believe just about anything with a negative tinge.

I'm wondering if the streets of New York would be as empty as Mexico City's a few months back?

Of course this could be the one-two punch for Arizona.

brujo said...

and 45.000 people will die this year and next and next in car accidents. How about a Presidential Panel? It's a big country.

Burro Hall said...

There already is one. The National Highway Traffic Safety Administration. Meets every day.

Anonymous said...

Yes, I suppose NHTSA meets daily as does the rest of the USG when not on holiday or sick leave or on OJR, and they do make an effort on drunk driving as in
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