According to the CDC, seasonal influenza or flu causes on average (within the United States):
- 5% to 20% of the population gets the flu;
- more than 200,000 people are hospitalized from flu-related complications; and
- about 36,000 people die from flu-related causes.
New diseases are, by definition, poorly understood. Influenza viruses are notorious for their rapid mutation and unpredictable behaviour ... WHO will be tracking the pandemic at the epidemiological, clinical, and virological levels ... Countries should remain on high alert for unusual outbreaks of influenza-like illness and severe pneumonia ...
The biggest question, right now, is this: how severe will the pandemic be, especially now at the start? It is possible that the full clinical spectrum of this disease goes from mild illness to severe disease. We need to continue to monitor the evolution of the situation to get the specific information and data we need to answer this question.
Meanwhile, our president is out there advising that schools be closed if any child gets the flu. If a school in a town is closed, the parents stay home, the economy of that town grinds to a halt. Is that what we need in a deep recession?
There is a significant societal cost that we are paying for our 24-hour cable news channels and their fake stories.