Headlines that mislead

It is a well known fact that many people don’t read much further on from a headline.

Covid 19 Delta outbreak: The 90% Project – unvaccinated four times at risk of side effects
https://www.nzherald.co.nz/world/news/article.cfm?c_id=2&objectid=12481196

“Four times at risk of side effects” seems like a lot. However when you are comparing the numbers 38 to 145 out of 10 million, that 400% is somewhat diminished.

That’s exactly what this article has ended up being about. It is comparing the chances of getting Guillain- barré Syndrome from the AstraZeneca vaccine versus the virus.

It’s like saying you have 4 times the chances of being hit by a meteorite if you sleep outside.

However the headline will have given a few more people reasons to mock the unvaccinated as, you know, we now have second rate citizens.

Thanks Cindy

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