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  •  In the immortal words of Tonto... (1+ / 0-)
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    "what you mean 'we', white man?"

    (It would help more if I weren't white, but wutever - it's still a funny punchline.)

    I am perfectly well aware that yearly flu deaths number in the 10s of 1000s.

    These numbers are well-known and readily available to anyone.

    In reality, the issue is not underestimating the flu, but overestimating it. Especially combined with American style "zomg! (insert bad thing) is gonna kill us ALL!!!!!!"-ism.

    •  I think we basically agree. (0+ / 0-)

      My point was more that we think of this as "big, bad, scary flu" when the regular flu can kill people. So we (as a society, not each individual who might be in that society) make this a HUGE deal.

      We underestimate the flu as an illness in general, which makes this one more easily inflatable into a crisis. As you say "zomg! this will kill us ALL."

      I mean, this is a society that stocked up on duct tape and plastic tarps. And while I know the numbers on flu deaths are readily available, I think many people see the flu in a casual "every viral illness I get is flu."

      I had an editor once who made me rewrite a story explaining that your seasonal illness that passes in a couple of days isn't the flu. She had the flu, dammit, so how dare I talk to doctors who said otherwise.

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