Monday, May 11, 2009
“While Substantial Uncertainty Remains, Clinical Severity [of Swine Flu] Appears Less Than That Seen In 1918 But Comparable With That Seen In 1957”
A study published today in the journal Science concludes:
While substantial uncertainty remains, clinical severity [of the current swine flu] appears less than that seen in 1918 but comparable with that seen in 1957.
The 1957 flu killed about 2 million people, which is between four and eight times more deadly than a typical seasonal flu epidemic which cause between 250,000 to 500,000 deaths each year, according to the World Health Organization.
The 1918 flu killed between 50 to 100 million people.