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Swine flu figures tell true story

The current cold snap prompts many sceptical thoughts about our global warming fanatics.

Similarly, the lack of media hype regarding our present swine flu pandemic raises many such questions.

Has it all gone away?

Let's stop right there and talk numbers for a moment.

So far, more than 3.5 million people have been reported to be infected with swine flu worldwide. More than 9,000 deaths have been confirmed.

In comparison, every year, up to one billion people are infected with seasonal flu, with up to 500,000 deaths.

To bring some sense to these numbers, the chances of dying from swine flu on present data are 0.000pc while the probability with ordinary flu (historical data) rises to 0.01pc.

These numbers come from the World Health Organisation, but they never make headline news for some reason.

Moreover, the majority of swine flu fatalities have had underlying conditions.

I will remain respectful of medical opinion but, for me, the numbers tell a far more scientific picture.

Eoin Flynn
Dunboyne, Co Meath

Irish Independent