Tuesday, January 18, 2011

Death in perspective.

Came across this Guardian post about mortality rate in England and Wales.
So they totaled the amount of deaths in 2009 and categorized the causes accordingly.
Swine flu grabbed the media's attention in 2009, yet surprisingly it took 149 out of 491348 deaths. That's 0.0003%.
Even the normal accidents we fear such as poisoning, transport and 'intentional self-harm' all add up, it's still 0.036% of all deaths.
So the point is, you're more likely to die of cancer, heart attack, and diabetes. Download the PDF here.