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Response to NJCher (Reply #8)

Wed Oct 29, 2014, 01:16 AM

9. Because back then the numbers were truly small.

 

While I don't want to minimize the deaths that have occurred, 5,00 dead -- even double that -- is a tiny fraction of the total population of the three countries involve, -- just over 22 million people. So it's .00002 percent. .00002 percent of the total population has died. As terrible as this disease is, as scary as it's mortality is, a very tiny fraction of people have died. At least so far.

Yes, I understand that Ebola is still raging. Yes, I understand that the numbers of sick and dead are bound to increase. Yes, I get it that we collectively need to do all we can to control this awful disease. But at least so far we are not remotely in the range of deaths from the Black Plague, or from the Spanish Flu.

And five or six months ago the numbers were even smaller.

I just think we need to keep things in perspective.

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