Humans are terrible at understanding risk

Exhibit A: Vaccines.

I digress.

Everyone is afraid of dying of a heart attack or a stroke and calls 911 at the drop off a hat.

“I couldn’t catch my breath for a few seconds. I think I’m having a panic attack. Am I having a heart attack too?”

“I smoked some weed and my chest hurts. Am I having a heart attack?”

“I’ve been coughing for a week and my chest hurts. Am I having a heart attack?”

“I’m dizzy. Am I having a stroke?”

“I have a headache. Am I having a stroke?”

“I woke up and my arm’s numb. Am I having a heart attack? Or am I having a stroke?”

But no one is afraid of dying in a wreck as a result of speeding, texting, not wearing a seat belt, driving drunk, weaving in an out of lanes, tailgating, and generally driving like an asshole.

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