A recent Gallup poll shows that “22% of Americans say they worry about getting the Ebola virus.”
But, as Kendall Hoyt in Politico writes, we should be far more concerned in this country about the flu.
“Flu claims between 250,000 and 500,000 lives every year, including over 20,000 in the United States—far more American lives than Ebola will ever claim.”
“Ebola is no joke: The Centers for Disease Control project 1.4 million cases of the disease worldwide by January in a worst-case scenario. But by comparison, the 1918 pandemic killed an estimated 50 to 100 million worldwide. The United States simply cannot afford to be complacent about flu preparedness.”
“Thanks to a decade of federal investments in vaccine technologies and manufacturing capabilities, the flu industry has undergone a revolution. However, unless we take additional steps to protect these investments, we may be no better off when the next pandemic hits.”