Tuesday, June 19, 2007

Scare Tactics

Wow. This is a perfect example of how a media headline can deliver a false alarm, scaring the public needlessly. Why do publishers resort to scare tactics to get you to read a not so interesting article?

Cruise Ships Viral Infections on the Rise

The U.S. Center for Disease Control and Prevention and recently announced that a little over 5 people out of every 1000 cruises (not people) will develop viral gastroenteritis. Hmmm. Is that figure scary? NO!

What is interesting though, is that cruise ship travel has increased a whopping 600% in the last 20 years.

Back then, there was less than 1 incident on average out of every 1000 cruises.

Researchers recommended that travelers wash hands frequently, in particular after coming into contact with public surfaces such as elevator buttons and door handles.


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