Tuesday, October 14, 2014

It is all in the numbers..

We all have heard on the news daily.. the scare of Ebola.
So far a little over 4,000 people have died of it, in the 
world.  One in the USA..

Don't get me wrong, I take it serious.. very serious.. but I
refuse to fall in to the scare tactics  the news media and
internet have thrown at us..

You see it is all in the numbers... Here are a few that
I have come across...

5 million people will have what is considered a serious case
of influenza. 250,000 and 500,000 flu deaths per year

Estimated that 175,000 cases of pneumonia occur
with a fatality rate of 5-7%, roughly 55,000 people die 
of pneumonia each year - in USA

this I got from one of the National illness sites.

Number of deaths for leading causes of death

·                     Heart disease: 596,577
·                     Cancer: 576,691
·                     Chronic lower respiratory diseases: 142,943
·                     Stroke (cerebrovascular diseases): 128,932
·                     Accidents (unintentional injuries): 126,438
·                     Alzheimer's disease: 84,974
·                     Diabetes: 73,831
·                     Influenza and Pneumonia: 53,826
·                     Nephritis, nephrotic syndrome, and nephrosis: 45,591
·                     Intentional self-harm (suicide): 39,518

Over 33, 000 die per year in auto accidents..
which by the way is less than the 54,000 of 1973....
Nearly 1.3 million people die in road crashes each year,
on average 3,287 deaths a day in the world. an estimated
5,419,000 crashes 

Estimated 1,665,540 new cancer cases diagnosed and 
585,720 cancer deaths in the US. Cancer remains the
second most common cause of death ..

So you see .. with the law of average, you have more
of a chance of dying in a car accident, of heart attack,
of cancer.. after all.. we all know more than one person
who has died of cancer.. and some who have survived.
Or even the common cold, flu or Pneumonia, than
we have a chance to die of Ebola.

Yet, we don't see the media running around
screaming about those deaths.

To be honest with you.. the one that the kids
are getting and one has died so far.. is scaring
me more.. and not because I will get it but it
is getting one of the weakest of us.. children.
the EV-D68 Respiratory illness. 32 states have
someone or more with it.. Now that is scary.

Not the numbers listed above, but still scary. 

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