If you need proof that the American populace is terrible at assessing risk, then look no further than the current ebola hysteria. Is ebola a serious disease? Yep. Is it scary that it’s spreading like never before? Yep. But is it worth all the hysteria that we’re seeing, what with the CDC holding press conferences seemingly every half hour to calm America’s nerves? Well, let’s put it in perspective:
# of people in America who die each and every day from the flu or pneumonia: 147
# of people in America who have died of ebola in the history of the country: 1
Yeah, I’d say we’re over reacting just a tad.