They found that 87 percent of the deaths and 71 percent of the cases of pneumonia were seen in people aged 5 to 59 years. That's unlike what is seen with seasonal flu epidemics, in which, on average, 17 percent of those in that age range who are seriously ill die and 32 percent develop severe pneumonia.
"The main finding is the capability of H1N1 of producing severe damage to previously healthy individuals," said the study's lead researcher, Dr. Rogelio Perez-Padilla, from the Mexico City institute.
"Do not disregard the epidemic as mild or irrelevant," Perez-Padilla urged
SHOOT: Meanwhile the media feeds our compacency by saying the symptoms are consistently mild. 32 percent develop severe pneumonia. That's coughing up blood. That's painful and it's not no big deal.
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