Truth is Stranger than Fiction.
You couldn’t make this up. . . or could you? Maybe Hans Christian Andersen could. . . .
This blogger has watched with amazement the fear, panic, and hysterical overreaction to the discovery of the newest head-and-chest-cold virus to come out of China.
- Scientists who should know better how to calculate statistics, have fudged the reported fatality rate by using the wrong denominator in the equation: If anybody in the Epidemiology class I took when I was an undergraduate had answered computation questions that way on a quiz, they would have flunked it.
- Medical professionals who should know better have glossed over the fact that this virus acts the same way that the more than 200 other common cold viruses do: that only the elderly and those of any age who have preexisting health problems are at risk of “catching their death of cold” (as the age-old saying goes), which means that subsequent to their having caught and fought a routine respiratory infection, they are killed by opportunistic…
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