Sunday, 9 August 2009

Singaporean believes that Swine Flu is still milder than Normal Flu

He is using a 3 month figure to compare with a year figure for
ifnlated Normal Flu deaths taken from 50% of Pneumonia deaths in USA.
Confirmed flu deaths was only 257 in 2001.

Worse, now many deaths due to flu like symptoms are attributed to
penumonia instead of flu, while their comparison is for 50% of
pneumonia deaths are attributed to normal flu.

These unbalanced comparisons have overlooked the fact that deaths had
increased from 10 to 1000 in just 3 months. It will be 10,000 by end
of August, provided health authorities are honest about their death
figures instead of categorising them under other underlying diseases
as had happened in Saudi Arabia and even in UK, where a soldier is
supposed to have died because of his underlying diseases.

None was mentioned that these people are perfectly normal, i.e. making
up 45% of the total population because not every human being is
perfectly healthy. WE all have our underlying medical conditions but
these medical conditions are exaggerated by Swine Flu to a much larger
extent than normal flu.

For example, have you ever heard of young pregnant women dying after
experiencing flu symptoms before this? I never even hear a whisper.

The reasons why US and Australia has a flattening of flu cases is due
to the closure of schools. What is siginifact is that there are sill
deaths occurring despite the closure of schools. Just imagine if these
schools remain open and everybody behave as though Swine Flu is milder
tha normal flu.

Singapore News
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Worst of first H1N1 wave in S'pore could be over
By Alicia Wong, TODAY | Posted: 08 August 2009 0715 hrs

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Clinic in Singapore

Special Report
• Flu Outbreak

SINGAPORE: Singapore may be past the worst of its first H1N1 wave.

According to head of the Communicable Diseases Centre at Tan Tock Seng
Hospital (TTSH), Dr Leo Yee Sin, it appears "to be (on) a downward

This seems to reaffirm Health Minister Khaw Boon Wan's outlook in late
July that H1N1 infections here would peak over the subsequent two
weeks before starting to decline.

But Dr Leo added: "I think we need to wait one or two more weeks for
things to become clearer."

Speaking on Friday at the 43rd Singapore-Malaysia Congress of
Medicine, she pointed out that Singapore's experience with H1N1 has
been the "mirror image" of the experience of the United States.

That being so, the good news is this virus could, in fact, be "a
milder one" than the seasonal flu bug. There are fewer H1N1- related
deaths in the US, than deaths from the normal flu.

At TTSH, while there was an increase in patients with pneumonia
admitted during the earlier surge in H1N1 cases, there was no increase
in pneumonia deaths due specifically to H1N1, said Dr Leo.

Still, she cautioned: "We're possibly still in the middle of the H1N1
pandemic. There is a lot to learn and watch closely."

On influenza in general, speakers at the congress touched on the
disease's impact on, among other things, the economy and employers.
And in Dr Leo's view, flu "treatments and vaccines are grossly
underutilised in our population".

When TTSH started testing patients with flu-like illnesses — before
Singapore had its first H1N1 case — only six per cent had a history of
flu vaccinations.

She also called for more structured programmes to monitor and manage
flu. "With our biomedical research capability, we can be a leading
centre for influenza research in the tropics."

- TODAY/ yt

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