White House: Swine flu could kill 90,000 in US

That’s about 2 – 3 times more than die during a typical flu season. And that is just a government guess, more to scare people and get them to line up for the vaccine than for anything else.

From Raw Story:

Swine flu could infect as much as half of the US population this fall and winter and cause up to 90,000 deaths, President Barack Obama’s science advisers warned Monday.

Laying out a “plausible scenario” for the epidemic’s impact in the United States, the report painted a grim picture of stress on the US health care system as it struggles to cope with a flood of flu patients.

The epidemic’s resurgence could “produce infection of 30-50 percent of the US population this fall and winter, with symptoms in approximately 20-40 percent of the population (60-120 million people), more than half of whom would seek medical attention,” the report said.

As many as 1.8 million people could be admitted to hospitals with up to 300,000 of them requiring treatment in intensive care units.

“Importantly, these very ill patients could occupy 50-100 percent of all ICU beds in affected regions of the country at the peak of the epidemic and could place enormous stress on ICU units, which normally operate close to capacity,” it said.

Read the rest:

http://rawstory.com/08/news/2009/08/24/white-house-swine-flu-kill-90000/

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