July 20, 2010

Swine Flu Peters Out?

When news of the H1N1 swine flu broke about 18 months ago, alarmists trumpeted loud, long and wide about impending sickness and possible death.

Although a world-wide pandemic was predicted, up to the present it hasn't materialized.

The World Health Organization's emergency committee intends to convene as early as Tuesday to review data and declare an end to the H1N1 swine flu pandemic, Bloomberg News reported, citing two people familiar with the matter.

WHO Director General Margaret Chan must determine whether the swine flu still calls for extra vigilance in the absence of any indication it has become more lethal or developed a resistance to drugs that fight it.

WHO spokesman Gregry Hartl told Bloomberg the decision would be based on the virus' pattern and that no date for an announcement has been set.

Even though it's usually better to be safe than sorry, I suggest that the swine flu threat was overly hyped at the start.

Tip: Kenny Solomon

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