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|Interest of||Jeremy Farrar|
An epidemic does not require a disease to be dangerous by the WHO any more.
The commercially-controlled media's tendency to overuse superlatives and the WHO's relaxed standarts make even seasonal flu a legal epidemic. The term has been hollowed out as in "drug epidemic" or "AIDS epidemic" and a variety of similar uses implying impending danger, urgency and moral imperatives.
This fearmongering and call for immediate action facilitates law-and-order legislation, loss of civil liberties and support for strategy of tension-style propaganda and social control on a national scale, or in case of a global epidemic, a so called "pandemic" an international or worldwide scale.