DailyDirt: In The Long Run, We're All Dead
from the urls-we-dig-up dept
If you’re looking for some good data to put into an infographic, it’s not too hard to find statistics on death. Reliable stats of how people died go back quite a ways, too. Sure, it’s a bit morbid, but most people don’t think about dying until they’re close to doing it. So if you’re curious, check out a few of these visualizations on how we die.
- The leading causes of death have changed significantly since 1900, so the flu (or pneumonia) isn’t killing off as many Americans as it used to. Instead, heart disease and cancer have replaced the flu/pneumonia and tuberculosis. [url]
- What are the odds? Dying of heart disease has relatively common 467:1 odds — compared to dying from cycling (340,845:1) or an asteroid impact (74,817,414:1). [url]
- Another infographic on how the world died (in the 20th century) shows non-communicable diseases and infectious diseases are obviously really deadly, but so are wars and drugs. It could be difficult to change these stats. Medical technology could wipe out some diseases, but we haven’t cured old age…. [url]
- Is it worth it to try to minimize your risks of dying? If you want to try, remember to focus on the activities that are actually high risk, not the spectacular deaths that don’t kill that many people (eg. stepladders vs terrorism). [url]
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