Epidemic: Spreading rapidly and extensively by infection and affecting many individuals in an area or a population at the same time.
I have yet to meet anyone that knows anyone that has the Swine Flu and I live in Texas. You know, that area just above Mexico.
When does the Word Health Organization decide to do things like name something epidemic or pandemic or whatever they name it? Do they do it when they need governmental money and donations? As in, "We need to find the scary sounding virus of the day so we can fill our coffers."
I read somewhere that there have been about 29,000 cases of Swine Flu reported in the last 2 months. Of that, I believe that 144 or so have died. So WHO has named it an epidemic.
In 2005, 1.1 million people died from diabetes. That adds up to about 91,000 per month. That's not "infections" that's "deaths".
Let's put our money where the crisis is.
Of course, with an aging population it's probably better for the governments of the world to let nature takes it's course and cull the population a bit. It would certainly cut down on retirement benefits.