“Bad medical science is always drifting around social media: from a Facebook friend talking about how to lose weight using body wraps, to deadly nutrition advice on thinspo Tumblrs, to anti-vaxxers sowing doubt on Twitter. And false cures and panic-inducing conspiracy theories have historically followed sudden outbreaks of diseases like HIV. The conversations about Ebola combine these two trends.”
“Nine days before the World Health Organization announced the African Ebola outbreak now making headlines, an algorithm had already spotted it.”
1,323 cases of the Ebola virus have been reported in the most recent outbreak along the west coast of Africa. Learn more about the outbreak and past outbreaks across the continent.
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With news that the deadly Ebola virus may have reached America’s densest, most populous city yesterday, many Americans are freaking out. And some in the media are fanning the flames because, with Israelis and Palestinians not killing each other for a few hours, we don’t have anything else to write about. But you’re not going to catch Ebola. The chances of you getting it are, like, practically zero. If it’s even here, which it might not be. But there are lots of other things that can — and will — kill you. Here are just a few.
1. Being stung by a bee:A bee could kill you. The most recent statistics show that 54 Americans died from bee stings in 2000. But what if you got stung by a bee with Ebola? It’d be a BeeBola.
2. Food poisoning: One time I ate a salad from Wendy’s and got food poisoning. It was pretty bad, but I didn’t die. But 3,000 people do die, every year, from food poisoning. The salad was also bad, in case you were wondering. Not as bad as Ebola, but still.