“If you’ve been diagnosed “probable” or “presumed” 2009 H1N1 or “swine flu” in recent months, you may be surprised to know this: odds are you didn’t have H1N1 flu. In fact, you probably didn’t have flu at all.”
So begins the CBS report, Swine Flu Cases Overestimated? A report that all should read. CBS reports that that fever and cough you or your child recently had not only probably wasn’t the H1N1 flu, it also wasn’t likely to have been the seasonal flu. The report also reveals the sinking sand on which the government’s case is built: The CDC is not counting H1N1 cases, has recommended that states no longer test for the virus, and most cases tested before individual testing was halted weren’t even the flu, of any type. (Of course, you should still get the vaccine.)
We asked all 50 states for their statistics on state lab-confirmed H1N1 prior to the halt of individual testing and counting in July. The results reveal a pattern that surprised a number of health care professionals we consulted. The vast majority of cases were negative for H1N1 as well as seasonal flu, despite the fact that many states were specifically testing patients deemed to be most likely to have H1N1 flu, based on symptoms and risk factors, such as travel to Mexico.
It’s unknown what patients who tested negative for flu were actually afflicted with since the illness was not otherwise determined. Health experts say it’s assumed the patients had some sort of cold or upper respiratory infection that is just not influenza.
Further galling is the stonewalling by the CDC:
- When CDC did not provide us with the documents…
- More than two months later, the [FOIA] request has not been fulfilled.
- The CDC did not response [sic] to questions from CBS News for this report.
One doesn’t have to believe in conspiracies to think something bigger than the flu is going on during this year’s flu season.