Let’s face it; a whole lot of people would believe three cows bumping into each other in a field was an epidemic, if they were told it was.
If tomorrow, the CDC came out with the pronouncement that the moon was a giant virus, many people would hide in their cellars.
Conversely, Brian Williams could call people dropping like flies in Times Square the result of one tainted hot dog in Des Moines, and viewers would find a way to buy it.
For years, the CDC trumpeted the yearly death toll from flu, in the US, as 36,000, and no one blinked or trembled. Not a problem. Why? Because no one in charge said: “epidemic.”