Thursday, 15 October 2009
UK swine flu death toll nears 100
The official swine flu figures for the last week will be announced today at about 5pm and are likely to show death figures nudging up to 100 - a sad landmark. While we may think the numbers are small, each death is a tragedy - and it's sobering to remember it's early days yet. This could be a long winter. So no complacency, keep up that catch it, bin it, kill it regime and plenty of handwashing. Looking back on the 100 deaths, perhaps the most surprising factor is the number of perfectly healthy people killed by the virus. That's something the public probably didn't expect it. But even that is a reminder that we all need to take this pandemic seriously.