Swine Flu

April 26, 2009

What I don’t understand about news coverage around this is the poor use of statistics. 68 deaths attributed to the flu, right? Must be a pandemic!

To give an accurate comparison, I Googled it and came up with a Minnesota report on deaths from the normal flu in 2008. Their reports say there are 700-800 influenza deaths each year in the state.

So why is everyone freaking out about 68?

Another case of hysterical reporting.