Freddy wrote:Rush is a flaming idiot. He states his opinion as fact. Unless you research everything he says you might start thinking his crap IS fact,
I rarely listen to him, but, oddly, yesterday I caught 5 minutes of his show. Case in point: Yesterday he stated " The pig flu is not an epidemic, it is total politics" A lady phoned in and said she was not going to get a flu shot. Rush said " You are smart, have a brain, unlike all the people that...blah blahblah".
Quote from the news " Existing reports suggest the virus has caused more than 600 deaths and more than 9,000 hospitalizations since first being identified in April." As of today 76 children have died from H1N1...in a usual year, for the entire year, 30 tp 50 die from the flu. Sure, Rush, it's all politics. Usually his crap doesn't mean a thing, but with this each person that dies because he talked them out of a flu shot...their blood is on his hands.
The definition of an epidemic is simply "a disease in greater numbers than expected". Given the hype that this flu virus has received about its potential, the numbers have actually been lower than expected. Technically Rush is right.
This virus has demonstrated very mild symptoms in most people and is very similar to the annual flu. Each year in the US the annual flu kills 30,000 people. August through mid September, 2009, H1N1 claimed 1544 lives.
Of course, all high risk individuals should get a vaccination if one is available. This is true for both the annual and the swine flu. But thusfar, the h1n1 flu hasn't given cause for alarm in proportion to the hype.
This swine flu always has the potential to become a pandemic. Warnings should be heeded and Rush shouldn't advise against the flu shot unless there is a greater risk.
20th century flu pandemics
Pandemic Year, Influenza virus type, People infected (approx,) Deaths worldwide (est.), Case fatality rate
Spanish flu, 1918–19 A/H1N1, 33% (500 million), 20 to 100 million, >2.5%
Asian flu 1956–58 A/H2N2 2 million <0.1%
Hong Kong flu 1968–69 A/H3N2 1 million <0.1%
Seasonal flu* A/H3N2, A/H1N1, and B 5–15% (340 million – 1 billion) 250,000–500,000 per year <0.1%
*Not a pandemic, but listed to compare the several flu strains endemic in humans which produce seasonal flu with the rare new strain that results in a flu pandemic
Rush is hardly a flaming idiot. Be careful of that "news" you are getting from the former mainstream media. They border on hysteria because they refuse to place information in perspective. There is a political bias and it is dangerous to us all. At least Rush tells you up front he is biased.