Which one are we being told to fear more?
The worldwide measles death rate is far worse than in America, because of food insecurity and particularly vitamin A deficiency which can make the disease far more dangerous. But in America, we are routinely told only the worldwide death rate.
Tuberculosis is considered THE most deadly infectious disease worldwide. Though it was very treatable with drugs, there are now multi-drug resistant strains that defy our treatments.
In the past few years, the number of cases of BOTH Tuberculosis and Measles have increased in New York City...but only ONE of these diseases has prompted health officials to violate the fundamental human rights of people who are not infectious and that's measles...but why? Why are public health officials and the media making a much bigger deal about measles...when it is clearly a much less serious threat?
Though measles probably is more infectious, it is not anywhere near as deadly as TB. Also -- since over 90% of the population either had measles as a child or had the vaccine, (which we are told is highly effective) only a very small percent of the population should even theoretically be at risk....right? So ask yourself -- WHY are we seeing such a very different public health and media response to these two diseases?
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May 4th Update to this post --