Top 5 Most Disturbing Instances of Media Hysteria

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In the age of 24-hour news cycles, mass media has developed the habit of focusing on an event and covering every aspect of it nonstop. Both everyday circumstances and actual threats get blown out of proportion, often with little distinction between the two. The most disturbing instances had you stockpiling Tamiflu, buying new mattresses and refusing to open your mail. Meanwhile, the media found something else to whip itself into a frenzy about.
Top 5 Most Disturbing Instances of Media Hysteria

2H1N1 Influenza in 2009

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Sometimes the best way to cause a panic is to tell people not to panic—and that's exactly what happened when a new strain of H1N1 influenza surfaced in 2009. As early reports told it, if you contracted this new hybrid of swine, avian and human flu, you could die. Fears didn't abate when the World Health Organization declared an H1N1 pandemic. Millions of doses of vaccines were administered, but when the dust settled, the strain hadn't killed any more people than other flu strains do. Turns out it was only slightly more contagious than your usual flu virus, and maybe even less deadly.

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