Hans Rosling, of Gapminder fame, recently posted a humorous and perspective-inducing video comparing the number of deaths from swine flu to those from tuberculosis.
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The famous Swedish statistician compares the amount of media coverage for swine flu to that of tuberculosis, normalised by the number of deaths caused by each in a two week period.
Obviously swine flu has pandemic potential and could still make a break for the big time, in substance if not in coverage alone. But this is nonetheless a lovely measure of calm in the midst of an otherwise pandemic-crazy, catastrophe prone outlook.
Many thanks to Infosthetics for the tip.