I'm told there is a "swine flu pandemic"...although the term swine flu is not really accurate.
For that matter, neither is the term "pandemic." According to dictionary.com, the definition of this noun is:
prevalent throughout an entire country, continent, or the whole world; epidemic over a large area.Prevalent? Let's look at that definition, too:
1. widespread; of wide extent or occurrence; in general use or acceptance.There may be thousands of cases of this flu—in Mexico, with its population of 110,000,000—but the definition of pandemic just does not seem to be met by this spreading virus.
2. having the superiority or ascendancy.
I heard on the radio today that a grand total of 7 [that's seven, as in one more than six] deaths are attributed to this flu, all of them but one in Mexico. That may not be the most up-to-date number at the moment you read this, but it hardly ranks up there with the most common causes of death in America [technically, abortion is the #1 cause of death in America]:
- Heart disease (approximately 652,000 in 2005)
- Cancer (559,000)
- Stroke (143,000)
- Chronic lower respiratory diseases (130,000)
- Accidents/unintentional injuries (117,000)
- Diabetes (75,000)
- Alzheimer's (71,000)
- Influenza/pneumonia (63,000)
So why is there such a big deal being made about this "pandemic"?
- Could it be because groups and organizations like WHO and CDC want to make themselves relevant in their lives? Or more to the point, because they want more funding?
- Could it be because the media have virtually no grasp of statistics?
- Could it be because people, not finding comfort and peace in God, suddenly have a new thing to worry about?
Calm down, folks. It's not as bad as the media and government want you to think.