A Little Perspective Before You Freak Out: Swine Flu Facts
To date, 263 people have died from the swine flu
since the first death two and a half months ago. In that same time period, over 40,000 people in the US have been diagnosed with the disease through doctor or hospital visits, 4800 had to be hospitalized, and it is estimated that over a million people have contracted swine flu, but only felt mild cold symptoms. So if you are exposed to the swine flu virus, you are looking at about a 0.48% chance of being hospitalized, and a 0.026% chance of dying from it.
Looking at it from the other side, you have a 96% chance of never even knowing you had the disease.
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