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Are US flu deaths more PR than Science

Teaser: This was the title of an article in the British Medical Journal https://www.bmj.com/content/331/7529/1412 back in 2005 – DBC – Days before Covid. The article states: “US data on influenza deaths are a mess. The Centers for Disease Control and Prevention (CDC) acknowledges a difference between flu death and flu associated death yet uses the terms interchangeably. Additionally, there are significant statistical incompatibilities between official estimates and national vital statistics data. Compounding these problems is a marketing of fear—a CDC communications strategy in which medical experts “predict dire outcomes” during flu seasons.”
 “The CDC website states what has become commonly accepted and widely reported in the lay and scientific press: annually “about 36 000 [Americanshttp://www.cdc.gov/flu/about/disease.htm">www.cdc.gov/flu/about/disease.htm) and “influenza/pneumonia”...

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