Hans Rosling Details the Lack of TB News Coverage

Prof. Hans Rosling

Compared to the widespread news coverage during the swine flu outbreak, TB receives little coverage, especially when you calculate the ratio of news hits to mortality. During a 13 day period in April and May of 2009, the WHO confirmed 31 deaths from swine flu. In that same period, the WHO shows approximately 60,000 deaths from tuberculosis. Prof. Hans Rosling tracked news coverage of each disease using Google news search and found that swine flu was being hyped to a tremendous degree relative to the mortality figures while TB was practically being ignored.

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