One of the reasons (I assume) that there has been much concern (hysteria?) over H1N1 is supposedly higher fatality/mortality rate of it compared to the seasonal flu. So far the numbers are not looking so bad. Currently it is estimated that 22 million people (in the U.S.) have been infected with H1N1 (I've known several myself), and 3,900 have died.
While it is indeed terrible that those 3,900 have died. When looking at the broader picture and at what the current fatality rate is we get:
3,900 / 22,000,000 = 0.000177272727 or about 0.08%
So far this seems to be keeping in line with the history of the flu in general:http://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/2009_fl...orical_context
The 1918 flu that everyone points to was, perhaps, exacerbated by other circumstances (possibly related to the conditions brought about by WWI) that do not apply today.
Of course it is early, so we will see. Thing can obviously change and accelerate. But so far the reality isn't living up to the hype.