Scared to Death
According to The New York Times, a new study published in the Archives of General Psychiatry suggests it is impossible to calculate the pain that terrorist attacks inflict on victims and society. But when statisticians look at cold numbers, they have variously estimated the chances of the average person dying in America at the hands of international terrorists to be comparable to the risk of dying from eating peanuts, being struck by an asteroid or drowning in a toilet.
But being constantly reminded of the threat and the pressure to be aware, generally worrying about the chance of a terror attack may well be taking a toll on the hearts of millions of Americans. According to the study the most fearful people were three to five times more likely than the rest to receive diagnoses of new cardiovascular ailments.