National H1N1 Health Emergency???

On Friday, October 23rd, President Obama officially declared the H1N1 virus to be a National Emergency, stating that 1,000 people have already died from it.  He said that the rapid increase of illness might overburden healthcare resources and that certain federal requirements might now be waived.

A Scary Predicament

So, we’ve got:

Suspended federal requirements in order to speed up treatment
Emergency operations plans
Widespread H1N1 activity in all but 4 states
One thousand deaths
Shortages of vaccines. . .

Sounds serious, doesn’t it?

Not when you understand this crucial fact:

They are Using New Math

The CDC (Center for Disease Control) has not been tracking H1N1 virus activity since August 30th.

Yes, you read that right!  The government confesses on its own website that it stopped confirming the cases of hospitalizations and deaths from H1N1. The CDC now reports all laboratory-confirmed influenza AND pneumonia/influenza cases identified by symptoms, not laboratory results.

There is now absolutely no differentiation between regular flu, H1N1, and pneumonia in their numbers.

You can read it for yourself here. But here are a couple of direct quotes from their site for those not interested in wading through the whole thing. (Emphasis is all mine):

This season, CDC and states will continue surveillance for flu-related hospitalizations and deaths, but the system has been modified to combine all influenza and pneumonia-associated hospitalizations and deaths and not just those due to 2009 H1N1. This is a new system in place effective August 30, 2009.

And again:

The new definitions allow states to report to CDC hospitalizations and deaths (either confirmed OR probable) resulting from all types of influenza, not just those from 2009 H1N1 flu.


Due to CDC’s new case definitions, there will be no definitive way to differentiate between hospitalizations and deaths due to seasonal influenza versus those due to 2009 H1N1 influenza from aggregate reporting.

And some deaths that are not due to influenza specifically will be included.

The reported numbers for the first week of data using the new case definitions are higher than the average weekly numbers that were being posted for 2009 H1N1 counts because what is being counted is different and how it is being counted is different.

And finally:

Influenza and pneumonia syndrome hospitalizations and deaths may be an overestimate of actual number of flu-related hospitalizations and deaths because that diagnostic category includes other illnesses.

Summary of the New Numbers

To be sure we’re all on the same page, these new hospitalization and death numbers include:

  • Anyone who is hospitalized because of, or dies from, pneumonia or “pneumonia-like” symptoms.  This is not limited to actual, lab-reported, verified pneumonia.  It can include presumed or suspected cases of pneumonia.
  • Anyone who is hospitalized because of, or dies from, “influenza-like” symptoms. This is not limited to actual, lab-reported, verified influenza.  This can include anyone with symptoms similar to influenza but not related to influenza at all, like colds and upper respiratory infections.

So, the new numbers are inflated.  They include both laboratory confirmed and syndromic cases.  (Syndromic cases are those identified by symptoms only.)

YET, the media, medical establishments, and now our president, are quoting these new numbers to cite the massive proliferation of  H1N1.

Why the Switch?

The CDC started out reporting confirmed and probable H1N1 flu cases during the beginning of the H1N1 “outbreak.” (Please note that their own website confesses that all of the preliminary H1N1 data was not confirmed, but included “probable cases” too. More on this later in the week.)

But they decided to switch over to this new system because, (and I quote)

Only a small proportion of persons with respiratory illness are actually tested and confirmed for influenza (including 2009 H1N1) so the true benefit of keeping track of these numbers is questionable.

What this says to me is:  There aren’t enough documented cases of H1N1 for us to continue to make such a big deal about it. Lots of people get the flu, even possibly the H1N1 strain, and end up recovering on their own without an exact diagnosis or exotic treatment.

Another reason they state for switching is this:

CDC believes influenza and pneumonia syndromic reports are likely to be a more sensitive measure of flu-associated hospitalizations and deaths than laboratory confirmed reports during this pandemic.

What this says to me: We wanted to get the broadest numbers possible so that we could continue to scare the pants off of the public.  After all, we’ve got millions of dollars tied up in this H1N1 vaccine.  And since over half of the population is either uncertain if they will get our vaccine or certain that they won’t, we felt we had to do something dramatic to the numbers.

Am I the one being dramatic?

If you think I’m the one being dramatic or reading too much into things with an over-active imagination, check this excerpt from an article by Time published on Saturday, October 24th.  (Commentary mine, of course)

“To be basically in the peak of the flu season in October is extremely unusual,” said Centers for Disease Control (CDC) head Thomas Frieden. “The numbers continue to increase.” (Hmmm. . . wonder why. . .)

The best way to slow the growth of those numbers would be to rapidly manufacture and distribute the new H1N1 vaccine.  (Convenient, isn’t it?)

False Balances

Does anyone else find it shocking that we’re being told that there’s an H1N1 health emergency, but there are purposefully no stats to back it up?  There will be no proof in the coming months of whether H1N1 really affected anything at all!

Even more appalling is that they have been purposefully inflating the numbers by broadening the definition and the method of counting.

On top of all this, there is no statistic, even in the government’s own records, substantiating Obama’s 1,000 H1N1 deaths statistic.

Whether or not we, the people, find it appalling, the Lord does.  “A false balance is an abomination to the Lord.” (Proverbs 11:1)

Evaluate the Evidence

Before you accept the information being shared by the media, please evaluate all the evidence. You can start by confirming every quote in this article on the CDC website here.

There’s so much more available.  I am tempted to post it all right now, but I know that I prefer things in small, digestible chunks, so you very well might too.

My Motivation

As a last word, I just want you to know my motivation in providing this information.  It is not to create fear, but to provide information sorely missing so that you will be less tempted to fear. And my motivation is not to stir up hatred of our government or the medical industry, but to expose fallacies and misinformation so often propagated by these groups so that we will be discerning and wise in the decisions we make.

I do have suspicions about our government’s intentions.  (As James Madison said, “All men having power ought to be distrusted to a certain degree. “) And I do believe that because the medical industry is so tied up with the pharmaceutical industry, there is much room for greediness or ignorance to overshadow the truth.  But apart from God’s grace I would be just as corrupt and greedy. (I was tempted to walk out of Sam’s Club a couple of weeks ago with an extra bag of avocados that no one scanned. If I could abandon God’s law to gain 5 avocados, what would I do in a position of power and influence?)

I have to continually check my heart when I research these matters.  I have to remind myself that I need to pray earnestly for our leaders, who will one day give an account to God Himself.  But, oh, how thankful I am that I am a citizen of heaven!  One day God’s kingdom will come in fullness and His perfect and righteous will be done on Earth as it is in heaven.


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