So-o-o-o, Herr Monte...
Kann es sein dass Sie in Deutschland doch wohnen? Es scheint als wann Sie in Deutschland spezialisiert sind? Wenn richtig, darf ich mal fragen, genau wo (ich habe stets lange Jahren in Oberbayern gewohnt)?
Zur Sache... I have listed this publication, elsewhere, on the FluTracker forum:
Journal List > Bull World Health Organ > v.8(5-6); 1953
Bull World Health Organ. 1953; 8(5-6): 633–645. PMCID: PMC2554200
Trend of influenza mortality during the period 1920-51
In the same, there are also charts depicting the significant differences in Mortality Rates (General and Influenza) of all English "Great Towns over 100,000 pop" and German "Towns over 100,000 pop" (p635). During the 10-year period of the statistical analysis (1929 - 1939), both countries were fairly well matched in total population numbers... by 1939, they each had about 21-Million citizens... altho' England had many more such larger towns (126 to 57), than did Germany. Still and all, the charts clearly depict significant differences between the 2 competing cultures (similar royal lineages, I might add)... with Germany, clearly, being the "less contaminated" (perhaps, more logically and self-quarantined-disciplined?)... specifically, during the annual "flu seasons" and on an every year basis, accordingly.
Comparison, today, of total numbers of "confirmed cases", as well, deaths points out similar inconsistencies between Germany and England-and-her-former-Colonies. For that matter, with the exception of Spain... most of TheContinent appears to be experiencing nothing more than a 12-month-long extension of a highly infectious variant and replacement of the former version of "seasonal flu"? And... why-Why-WHY do you (as well, the eminent Suisse) think, that such might be the case... assuming, of course, one or both of you might agree with such contention?
Rather interesting additional aspect raised in your latest commentary... "Just yesterday it was announced that immunizing only 5% of the population would be more than enough to stop the spread of the swine flu." Imagine that, there might be certain "qualified" (?) experts... brave enough to "paddle against the onrushing stream" of Billions-of-Dollars-of-Profits... in order, I assume, to achieve an equally effective "herd immunity" as that, for which, the entire National Emergency Health Measures Act has been so propitiously orchestrated ("Erst gestern war bekannt geworden, das die Impfung von nur 5 % der Bevölkerung vollständig reichen würde, um die Schweinegrippe zu stoppen")?
Back to the chalkboard... why-Why-Why ???
Nein, ich wohne nicht mehr in Deutschland. In England geboren, in Deutschland aufgewachsen, Eltern aus Ungarn ... und wohne jetzt mit meinem Eheman in New York State
Habe aber auch noch Familie in Deutschland, und da ich auch ganz gut uebersetzen kann, konzentriere ich mich halt auf Deutschland (und weil mir auch fuer mehr die Zeit fehlt).
Nett zu hoehren das Sie in Oberbayern gelebt haben. Ich komme aus Wiesbaden, Hessen.
Now to your questions about the so far non existing mortality rate in Germany.
I have been trying to find answers or speculations about this on the web but have come up empty so far.
There are many similarities of course between England and Germany. You mention blood lines.
Also, in both countries people love to travel during vacation in Europe and the rest of the world and there is also lots of travel between Germany and England.
Both English and Germans like to drink lots of beer and like to meet in pubs and go to beer and wine festivals (lots of social mingling).
Interestingly, Germany has the highest rate of obese people in Europe! But, at least so far that doesn't seem to be a problem.
Swine flu cases (as Germans keep insisting on calling it) have also been much milder in Germany than in England. It has not been a big problem so far.
Matter of fact, there are many news articles now stating that the flu immunization will be a big flop because the population in general sees no need for it.
I will post a couple of news articles on this in a moment. I will keep searching for answers though and keep you posted.