We Americans do panic really well.

OUTSTANDING PIECE FROM NEW YORK TIMES ON PANIC OVER A FEW DEATHS IN USA FROM EBOLA

WHILE TENS OF THOUSANDS OF AMERICANS DIE ANNUALLY

 FROM PREVENTABLE CAUSES AND WE DON’T EVEN MENTION IT

 

 

by Frank Bruni

OCT. 14, 2014

 

We Americans do panic really well.

Do me a favor. Turn away from the ceaseless media coverage of Ebola in Texas … and answer this:

Have you had your flu shot? 

During the 2013-2014 flu season, according to the Centers for Disease Control and Prevention, only 46 percent of Americans received vaccinations against influenza, even though it kills about 3,000 people in this country in a good year, nearly 50,000 in a bad one….

There’s no way to square skin-cancer statistics in the United States — more than 3.5 million cases diagnosed yearly and almost 10,000 deaths — with the number of Americans showing off their tans. They aren’t all getting body paint. They’ve been lectured about sunscreen and shade and hats. But vanity trumps sanity, and melanoma rides its coattails.

The entire article is here

http://www.nytimes.com/2014/10/15/opinion/frank-bruni-scarier-than-ebola.html?hp&action=click&pgtype=Homepage&module=c-column-top-span-region&region=c-column-top-span-region&WT.nav=c-column-top-span-region&_r=0

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Charles McCain

Charles McCain is a Washington DC based freelance journalist and novelist. He is the author of "An Honorable German," a World War Two naval epic. You can read more of his work on his website: http://charlesmccain.com/