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Is 0.6% "high"?

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Both studies also show that the severity of swine flu is not high. In the US, only 14% of confirmed cases had to be hospitalized, while 302 (0.6%) had died (till July 24).


http://timesofindia.indiatimes.com/news/india/Swine-flu-deaths-01-of-positive-cases-in-Europe-06-in-US/articleshow/4892168.cms

Does the "severity" change if the mortality rate remains the same, but ten times as many people get infected? What if it's a hundred times as many that get infected, still with the same mortality rate?

Ironically, given this statistic, it's reassuring that the CDC thinks a million cases had actually occurred by July 24, despite their counting only 43,771 cases.
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