[LINK] Extract of comp.risks item: CNN article on "normal flu" mortalities (from J. Epstein)
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Fri May 1 00:08:09 EST 2009
Date: Tue, 28 Apr 2009 21:05:07 -0400
From: Jeremy Epstein <jeremy.j.epstein at gmail.com>
Subject: CNN gets it right on flu scare
Many of us frequently lambaste the media for their scare tactics. For a
change, CNN got it right today, putting the flu scare in proportion.
> Regular flu has killed thousands since January
> There had been no confirmed deaths in the United States related to swine
> flu as of [`until' would now be correct] Tuesday afternoon. But another
> virus had killed thousands of people since January and is expected to
> keep killing hundreds of people every week for the rest of the year.
> That one? The regular flu.
> [...] But even if there are swine-flu deaths outside Mexico -- and
> medical experts say there very well may be -- the virus would have a long
> way to go to match the roughly 36,000 deaths that seasonal influenza
> causes in the United States each year. [...]
Now if only the media can be convinced to use the same level-headed risk
analysis when it comes to technology risks....
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