Now that the world has been put on notice about Ebola, it’s time to try facts instead of scare tactics.
The World Health Organization (WHO) is the primary reporting agency on case numbers and deaths. Taking their stats with a few grains of salt, but recognizing that mainstream accounts come from WHO, here is their July 25 update, “Ebola Virus Disease, West Africa”:
1201 total cases. 672 deaths. These numbers cover Guinea, Sierra Leone, and Liberia—the Ebola focus areas.
Looking a little deeper, we see that WHO divides each number into categories: “confirmed,” “probable,” and “suspected.”
Diagnostic methods for IDing Ebola in those 3 countries are uncertain. Therefore, we should only consider the category labeled “confirmed,” and even then we should have doubts.
So let’s look at the total for confirmed Ebola case numbers in those countries.
Confirmed number of deaths? 456.
Now consider another WHO report. This one is titled: “Influenza (Seasonal) World Health Organization,” dated April 2009.
It’s the WHO fact sheet on regular seasonal flu, the kind that is said to infect people globally, year after year, like clockwork.
Annual number of severe cases: 3-5 million.
Annual number of deaths: between 250,000 and 500,000.
Remember, that’s every year—not a one-time shot.
When it comes to seasonal regular flu, the World Health Organization issues no scare reports, no dire warnings, and the press mentions nothing. Zero.
However, with 814 confirmed cases and 456 deaths from Ebola, the whole world is put on notice.