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Vindication—of sorts

What constitutes a “severe influenza pandemic”? The well-trodden statistics of at least 30% of the population becoming ill and at least 2% of the ill dying represent the CDC’s (the Centers for Disease Control-US) threshold for a Category 5 (severe) pandemic. For the United States that would be 90 million ill and 1.8 million deaths—or more. As I said, these are well-trodden figures. Perhaps too trodden. Do they even register anymore? Continue reading

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