May 1st, 2009
Of course, nobody knows for sure yet if this swine flu epidemic will be more dangerous than the seasonal flu. However, the potential for extreme badness is there.
Many people are now saying that the media and the government is blowing the threat out of proportion. They like to quote that around 36,000 people die from influenza in the United States each year. The problem is that this is not your typical, run-of-the-mill seasonal influenza. This is an H1N1 influenza. These are very different germs.