Due to the swine flu breakout, I check the following website from the government, every day. It shows the incidence of breakouts in every state.
(Of course, for every case reported, there are more people more are sick but don't realize they have swine flu (and/or haven't gone to a doc) plus others who are infected, but have not yet come down with symptoms.) Still others seem healthy, but could be carriers.
Thank you for providing that link, njmom.
A major problem with this swine flu issue is that we are still in the very early stages of the "pandemic" (if that's what it is), so we really don't know yet how dangerous it is. According to the CDC website, in the USA there's only been one death out of 141 cases, which is a fatality rate of just 0.7%.
However, that's far too few cases on which to make an assessment. The reports from Mexico are all over the charts, with the number of deaths anywhere from 15 to 120 out of 300 confirmed cases. That's a death rate anywhere from 0.5% to 40%. The lack of reliable data makes it extremely difficult to know how serious we need to take this.
An interesting complication is that swine flu may be more deadly to people with a healthy immune system. Doctors think that the swine flu resembles the 1918 Spanish flu in that it causes the immune system to overreact, creating a "cytokine storm." However, that has not yet been confirmed. This strain of flu is so new that little is known about
how it kills its victims. If it turns out that it does trigger a cytokine storm, patients using immuno-suppressive drugs might actually have a greater chance of survival.
Anyway, I think that we all need to monitor this closely, looking for information from RELIABLE sources, and not pay too much attention to the sensationalistic "journalism" that passes for "news."