Back in October, we discussed what I described as an over reaction to Swine flu: H1N1 Fatality Rates: Overreaction?
Many of the comments disagreed.
The WSJ reports today that 1 in 6 Americans were exposed to H1N1, and of those “47 million Americans who were sickened with swine flu from April to mid-November, 9,820 of them died.”
I am certainly not an immunologist or a medical doctor; rather, the point was to show how we all tend to over react to current news, and allow older but valid (and often more accurate) data to be ignored.
For you students of investing psychology, this was another example of the Recency effect at work . . .
Chart via Information is Beautiful
Please use the comments to demonstrate your own ignorance, unfamiliarity with empirical data and lack of respect for scientific knowledge. Be sure to create straw men and argue against things I have neither said nor implied. If you could repeat previously discredited memes or steer the conversation into irrelevant, off topic discussions, it would be appreciated. Lastly, kindly forgo all civility in your discourse . . . you are, after all, anonymous.