Then what about the statistics that say otherwise?
My late father was a tuberculosis specialist. With the arrival of proper antibiotic treatment protocols, TB was disappearing. He was worried that young doctors would be so unfamiliar that they wouldn’t recognize it.
The rule I learned as a medical student is that everyone with an ongoing, mild, unexplained fever has tuberculosis until it’s proven s/he hasn’t.
That’s why I think a computer cannot diagnose TB. It doesn’t have a place in the back of its head always considering it could be TB. A computer that says in so many cases it could be TB makes you overlook the warning.
Every physician makes mistakes. No one is perfect. But it’s most important not to make mistakes that cost people their lives. To overlook certain incurable cancers Is unfortunate, but the s/he’d die shortly anyway. To overlook a cold is not nice, but almost everyone heals from it unaided anyway. But to miss TB means not treating a deadly but curable disease. Even people with (AIDS and) drug-resistant tuberculosis can be treated.
AIDS gave TB an unfortunate chance to come back from the brink.
But AIDS too became a treatable and even preventable disease.
If AIDS or tuberculosis aren’t deadly anymore, how do they kill en masse? Because countries exclude the poorest from proper healthcare! The killer is the greed to reserve healing for the rich, while the new antibiotics were often tested on the African poor. Greed is an illness the hardest to kill.
Confusing Cause and Effect
When we do science, we don’t draw complicated, unsupported statistical conclusions when logical and straightforward deductions are possible!
Of course, following vloggers doesn’t make us depressed or lonely. I speak from experience when I say: the opposite. When you feel lonely, following vloggers can break some of that. Not to the extent that you could forgo meeting real friends out there, but surely, it can help somewhat. So, there are more lonely people following vloggers. That protects, not harms us.
The same error was widely made by physicians some 60 years ago. They found that over-active people had a greater chance of dying from a heart attack. The opposite was true. People with a greater chance to get a heart attack worked harder, which protected them in case of a stroke by having grown more coronary vessels. And since they survived more, they were found in after-the-fact statistical analysis—another statistical blunder.
A similar piece of nonsense recently proclaimed that older people, trying to lose weight, die earlier. Of course, it’s the opposite. Older people at risk of dying will try to diet. And it won’t always work.
(Obviously, losing weight cannot be based only on dieting. You must find ways to deal with the emotions that ‘eat you,’ sleep enough, preferably exercise, plan for the long run, eat healthily (but less), eat stuff that fills (fat, fiber, chewing) instead making us want more (sugar), not eat after 8 PM, find solutions for events requiring us to eat (Shabbat, Festivals), etc.)
We don’t need to fall victim to this nonsense if we just use common sense.