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  •  I don't know if it's more severe. (5+ / 0-)

    It all depends on how many Mexicans decided against going to the hospital for treatment.  If almost all Mexicans with flu symptoms went to their doctor, then lethality is worse than it was for the Spanish flu.  If a tiny fraction of Mexicans went to their doctor, then this is only a very strong outbreak.  

    2009: Year of the Donkey. Let's not screw it up.

    by Yamaneko2 on Sat Apr 25, 2009 at 08:37:02 AM PDT

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    •  that's true (3+ / 0-)

      and as I have tried to emphasize yesterday and today, data is sketchy from mexico.

      "Politics is the art of looking for trouble, finding it everywhere, diagnosing it incorrectly and applying the wrong remedies." - Groucho Marx

      by Greg Dworkin on Sat Apr 25, 2009 at 08:41:04 AM PDT

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      •  In defense of Mexico... (2+ / 0-)
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        The data is sketchy, but it is very hard to determine the number of people who did not visit a doctor though they felt ill.  Now that the panic has set in, everybody with the sniffles will show up, and we will get a more reliable denominator to go with the numerator, which is now 68.

        2009: Year of the Donkey. Let's not screw it up.

        by Yamaneko2 on Sat Apr 25, 2009 at 08:53:11 AM PDT

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