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Probability of Contracting the Swine Flu


You think you’re going to contract the flu quite soon, as it is so quickly spreading all around the world.

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Well, just think about the following. The probability of winning the jackpot in the national lottery is almost 1 in 14 millions.  So far, there are 105 confirmed cases of  swine flu all around the world, with a population of about 6.7 billions people. This means that the actual probability for you of contracting the virus is around 1 in 638 millions. Why don’t you actually go and buy a lottery ticket, then? Think.

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About Roberto Aloi

Software Engineer and Erlanger. Author of www.tryerlang.org.

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