Friday, October 24, 2014

Reminder: Texting Kills More Americans Than Ebola


If you're an American who watches TV news or browses the internet, you've probably come to the conclusion that we're all going to die from Ebola. But there are threats much more real than hemorrhagic fever, and they’ve been here for the while. In the US, you’re more likely to die from texting than Ebola. By a long shot.

Distracted driving kills 800 percent more Americans in a day than Ebola has in the last century. Texting plays a major role in that distracted driving statistic, and that doesn't include the occasional death from walking off a cliff while tapping at a phone. Meanwhile, Thomas Eric Duncan’s tragic death was the first documented case of Ebola in US history.

To be as bluntly clear as possible, we're not trying to make light of the humanitarian crisis in West Africa. According to numbers updated this week, the World Health Organization has recorded nearly 5,000 deaths from Ebola in the region, with more than half of those in Liberia, and the true total may be three times that. While the epidemic has been contained in Nigeria and Senegal, the trio of Guinea, Sierra Leone, and Liberia are still in dire need of resources.

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