If the death rate is .45% (and we can't be sure of the accuracy of that), 14,000 Australians have so far had Swine Flu.
This is very alarming for other countries. Australia is currently in mid winter. The population of Australia is only 21 million. The population of the U.K. is 61 million. It could be that the strain of Swine Flu infecting Australians is worse than that in the U.K.
According to the New Scientist, estimates of death rates are flawed.
Australian and U.K. authorities have evidently been warned by their health departments to add a disclaimer statement to all announcements of Swine Flu deaths: "The dead person had underlying serious health problems."
Because of the way in which this statement is being emphasised in both countries, I can't help feeling a bit paranoid about the delivery of Swine Flu news.
When these 'underlying health problems' are leaked to the media, it turns out they were nothing more serious than being a tad overweight, being pregnant or having mild asthma. I don't consider those 'serious underlying health problems'. I don't know about you, but when I think of serious conditions that might cause a person to succumb to the flu, I think of HIV, leukemia or cancer.
The other interesting fact about the reporting of Swine Flu deaths in both the U.K. and Australia is that the doctor or other official announcing the death always states that the family don't want further details released due to privacy concerns.
You would think that by now, some of the families of Swine Flu victims would have been picked up by current affairs programmes or magazines such as That's Life and interviewed about the tragic loss of their family member in this pandemic.
No such stories are appearing in the Australian media. How about the U.K.? Are families of victims speaking up, coming forward, telling the details of their deceased relatives' alleged 'serious underlying health problems'?
Strangely, I can't find any such articles or interviews. I can't even find anything on blogs.
The other statement I find puzzling is that 'Swine Flu causes only mild symptoms in most people." Not in the people I know who have had it. They all ended up with pneumonia and felt they were going to die. They had never been so sick in their lives. They were ill for two weeks and some lost 5kgs in weight due to vomiting and being unable to stomach any food. Another symptom has been a fear of bright lights. One person I know was being driven to hospital and demanded to be taken back home, being unable to stand daylight. This person was crying and covering his eyes with his hands.
Where is the truth? Is it being withheld from us, perhaps to avoid public panic?
In Australia, doctors are no longer testing for Swine Flu, but a number of doctors have stated that all cases of flu are now Swine Flu as it has become the dominant strain.
Schools are not being closed when there are cases of flu. It is being allowed to run its course, even though the vaccine is not ready.
The government will be fully responsible for all 65 deaths and the ones yet to come because of their lax attitude to containing infection. You would think they would care about those with 'underlying serious health conditions' sufficiently to attempt to prevent them being infected by taking some basic pandemic precautions, but there are no such precautions.
Unlike in the U.K., people are encouraged to flock to doctors' surgeries and hospital waiting rooms with Swine Flu where they infect countless others. There are no Swine Flu clinics where those who are infected can at least be separated from other sick people. Some doctors' surgeries are offering free masks to people who have a cough, but such masks are known to be ineffective, and not all Swine Flu patients are coughing.
At least we have been warned that the condition of sufferers can deteriorate very suddenly when the inevitable pneumonia strikes, with death within 24 hours or so, if treatment is not sought.
It is admitted we do not have enough intensive care beds to cope with Swine Flu as well as all the accidents and other illnesses that occur. So some victims will receive intensive care, while other 'less worthy' people will be given palliative care and allowed to die.
It is as if a person with 'serious underlying health conditions' is somehow less of a loss to society, as if they somehow brought their death upon themselves by being unhealthy. It seems that the death of an allegedly unhealthy person is of less importance than the death of someone who was 'otherwise healthy'.
So far, not one 'otherwise healthy' person has been found to have died of Swine Flu in Australia. But I do not believe this. I hope that the families of victims will soon come forward and become whistleblowers.
Australia has had 2 deaths per day since the beginning of the real pandemic. This is very worrying when the 'second wave', which will be more deadly, hasn't even arrived.
Will the vaccines work? Will some die from side effects of the vaccines? Is Tamiflu really any use against this flu?
Time will tell. No-one really knows what will happen next, but one thing is for sure, if the government can possibly avoid telling us what is really going on, they will do so. The silencing of flu victims' families attests to that.