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Causes of Death in 1900 vs. Today: One Chart Puts Firearms & Natural Disasters Threat in Perspective

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Causes of Death in 1900 vs. Today: One Chart Puts Firearms & Natural Disasters Threat in Perspective

Numerous Americans nowadays are accused of being “anti-science.” Yet making decisions and forming opinions without respect to all the facts is not a partisan problem. It’s an information problem.

Take a look at this chart made by Oxford PhD. student Avi Roy. (Click to see it up close, it’s scaleable).

What you’ll see is that America has been whipping infectious diseases for over a century, thanks to better sterilization, sanitation, and vaccination techniques, and now, Americans are living nearly twice as long. Currently, the average age is around 79 years old, and back in 1900, it was about 47 years old. Some “crisis” we have on our hands.

But it’s what you don’t see on this chart that is really the story. Natural disaster and extreme weather-related deaths don’t even make the chart.

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