According to the press release, there have been a 1000 deaths associated with swine flu. Of the 1000 deaths nearly 10 percent have been children. It is sad to hear about the lives lost to this new form of influenza, but is it really a national emergency. More importantly, should this be the concern of Obama.
The last time I checked, both the Centers for Disease Control and the World Health Organization are closely monitoring the situation. If one wanted to view an interactive map of the reported cases worldwide, one could view that at the New England Journal of Medicine H1N1 ("Swine Flu") HealthMap.
1,000 deaths seems like a large number. In reality, it is insignificant. According to the Centers of Disease Control there are an estimated 36,000 deaths attributable to seasonal influenza every year.
In other words, less than 3% of seasonal influenza deaths will be associated with H1N1.
Besides, doesn't Obama have bigger issues on his plate such as unemployment and a stagnant economy. It definitely made me scratch my head in confusion this afternoon on the announcement by the media that Obama declared Swine Flu a National Emergency - Are You Kidding Mr President?