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Jedrek Stepien



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We were supposed to die two years ago. Does anyone remember the Swine Flu paranoia?

In the spring of 2009 the world's population seemed to be on the verge of extinction due to a strange virus from Mexico. The World Health Organisation announced a pandemia, which made many governments to spend billions on Tamiflu and other vaccinations.

In the summer of 2009 the threat seemed to be over. The swine flu virus reportedly killed about 19,000 people worlwide, which was far less than regular flu does every year.

The large number of drugs bought by the governments were later supposedly shipped to Africa, where they served as a remedy for less serious diseases. Some studies, moreover, revealed that Tamiflu was nothing but a placebo.

What is the aftermath of that worldwide paranoia today? Who is the winner and who is the loser?

The media seem to have forgotten about the case.

Are there any similar cases to this one?

Are we being duped?




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    Nov 27 2011: Well yes the media loves to spin a good yarn, but I would be a bit easy on the good people at WHO. Swine flu is the related to the Spanish flu which killed somewhere between 50 and 100 million people. Any new virus we are unfamiliar with should not be underestimated. That said we as a species fare well against most diseases so maybe its their job to warn us, and our job not to panic.

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