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I dunno. Maybe it's like layaway, and the lives will be claimed much later. Here's the "scoop":
Swine flu likely claimed quarter of a million lives: study
(AFP) – 16 hours ago
PARIS — The A(H1N1) "swine flu" 2009 pandemic probably claimed over a quarter of a million lives -- 15 times more than the 18,500 reported, a paper in The Lancet Infectious Diseases journal said Tuesday.
The elevated toll underlined the need for better planning and vaccine distribution, said a team of epidemiologists and physicians who made a statistical model based on population and infection estimates to present what they believe is a more accurate picture of the pandemic's reach.
Some 18,500 deaths had been reported to the World Health Organisation (WHO) from confirmed laboratory test results, but the international researchers believe this number to be a gross underestimation.
They wrote that "... diagnostic specimens are not always obtained from people who die with influenza and the viruses might no longer be detectable by the time of death in some people."
The team estimated there were 284,500 deaths from swine flu in the 12 months from April 2009. But the figure may be as high as 575,400, they said.[...]
Now the flu geniuses want you to remember that you should be scared 100% of the time. So, from the same folks who brought you global warming climate change, here is the money quote:
Between 250,000 and 500,000 people die of seasonal influenza every year, according to the WHO.
So rush out and pump yourselves and your children full of the latest untested vaccines!