By Kristy Gentile
“It is a terrifying disease, but it is statistically insignificant,” Dr. Tom Brown, medical director of Doctors Express Urgent Care in Danbury, said about the threat of Ebola in the United States. But “we can see anywhere from 30,000 to 90,000 people per year dying from the flu” in the United States. The flu is deadly, he emphasized. In 1918-19, an estimated 50 million to 100 million people died from the Spanish Influenza worldwide as it ravaged countries at the end of World War I.
But the more common flu “is not sexy,” Brown said, especially compared with Ebola, which dominates news coverage and peoples