The fear of outbreaks


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Photo credit: Outbreak Film – 1995

There are many shows/movie, in today’s day, that emphasize survival during outbreaks. There is a plethora of movies that show this like Outbreak, Contagion, The Walking Dead, and Quarantine. The entertainment industry has romanticized outbreaks, in their many forms, but is any of it legitimate?

Outbreaks are a popular fear among individuals, but is this fear validated. In the Washington Post article, Five myths about outbreaks, we learn five myths that debunk the idea of the popular franchise of outbreaks.

The myths are as follows:

  1. A pandemic on the scale of Spanish flu is unlikely today FALSE
  2. Most adults don’t need the annual seasonal flu vaccine FALSE
  3. Some of the deadliest pathogens don’t pose an imminent threat FALSE
  4. We need bigger vaccine stockpiles to halt outbreaks FALSE
  5. Closing our borders will keep the nastiest bugs out FALSE

While we may be closer to a zombie outbreak than we think, some individuals have taken a look at what may start said outbreak. reports the following results of a poll, in their article The Zombie Apocalypse, of what will most likely cause a zombie outbreak.

“As for why there would be a zombie apocalypse in the first place, it’s a close choice between “A scientific experiment gone awry that turns humans into zombie-like creatures” (19%) and “The spread of a parasite that turns its victims into zombie-like creatures” (17%). Least popular reasons: “A toxic chemical spills into the ground and causes the dead to rise” (8%), “There is no room in hell, so the dead have to roam the Earth” (4%), and “The dead have nothing better to do than rise and attack” (3%).”

Twitter: a great place to locate sources

Twitter is a very popular social media site used for online news and social networking service where people interact with each other using “tweets”. People could use twitter for personal reasons like connecting with friends and also big brands, celebrities, and famous sports icons.

Many people use Twitter for many different things. For example, journalist they use Twitter as a way to locate sources and also report their information as well. Twitter has come up with many new tools.  A journalist could use twitter do to a whole site search for topics they choose or even breaking news. They can organize their tweets with #hashtags, photos, or videos.

Twitter is known to have a very big aducanice that why its a great place for journalists to find resources and also help put out their information. Its also very helpful for journalist to know what verified and what is not by having a blue checkmark next to sources and news outlets.

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Overall twitter is a great social media platform for journalists to find sources expand their stoires and interact with other people.