As a reminder, over 36,000 people in the US die annually due to the Flu. That's around 100 per day or 700 per week, and since the deaths are not distributed evenly throughout the year, it is not unusual to have over 1,000 deaths from flu in a week. Keep this perspective as this story progresses. While the new strain may cause a higher number of deaths, it is crucial to remember that flus come and go naturally, and overreacting (as well as under-reacting) does not help.
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