Thanks for a thoughtful and informative approach to this issue, Dana. It puts to shame the WHO’s fumbled (but politically expedient) non-statement, which was no different from “NASA scientists can’t totally rule out the possibility of an undetected asteroid that may one day intersect with Earth.” Given this entire situation is the result of irresponsible sensationalist reportage by the mass media in order to meet the needs of their business model (grab eyeballs by whatever means available in order to sustain revenues) we need far more objective and measured information in the world. Your article is a good example of what is possible when sensationalism is abjured.

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