8% of all deaths in the US last week were due to pneumonia and influenza, according to the CDC.
Really big news during a flu pandemic, right?
Not really, says the CDC:
The proportion of deaths attributed to pneumonia and influenza (P&I) based on the 122 Cities Report increased over the previous week and is higher than expected for this time of year. This increase in P&I is thought to result from an increase in reports of pneumonia-associated deaths in older people. These deaths are not necessarily related to flu illness.
Now they tell us. See, at the beginning of the pandemic, we were told, over and over again, that this pandemic was mild because the number dying was much less than 30,000, the estimated number of people who supposedly died of seasonal flu every year. And where did the seasonal flu estimates come from? Why, from the pneumonia and influenza deaths provided by the CDC every year of course!
So, we are supposed to trust the pneumonia and influenza statistics from the CDC when estimating seasonal flu deaths, but we shouldn’t trust those same statistics when they tell us 8% of the deaths are due to flu during a pandemic. Note, there is almost no seasonal flu circulating, just pandemic H1N1.
Pandemic H1N1 is worse than seasonal flu no matter how the CDC manipulates their statistics. A lot worse.