This being International Pneumonia Day, I thought that I would statistically compare mortality risk with the number one viral killer of children in the world against the "sexier" pig flu that elicits all the TV time. Not once in the 3 hours that I spent watching CBC Newsworld today did I see a story about Pneumonia Day, about deaths and prevention. They were so pre-occupied with H1N1 that they hardly had the chance to break away to Pneumonia.
Two million children die every year from Pneumonia. The WHO estimates that nearly 5000 people have died from the swine flu this year. Let's assume that 60% of swine flu deaths are children (which is a guess, but even if it were 100% the final analysis is virtually unchanged) then 3000 children would have been claimed by H1N1 in the past year. 3,000 versus 2,000,000. For each child who has died from the pig flu, 667 have died from Pneumonia. Across the Planet, a child dies from swine flu about every two hours, and a child dies from Pneumonia every 15 seconds. See how many times you can count to 15 in two hours. One illness gets all the attention on my national broadcaster, and the other is virtually ignored.
If you have lost a loved one to H1N1 I am sorry for your loss, but on the risk of mortality scale the virus is very low on the list. There is no probable cause for Liberal induced mass hysteria. How many children have died in the past year in the world in motor vehicle collisions?