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posted by Fnord666 on Sunday May 05 2019, @03:05PM   Printer-friendly
from the try-wearing-a-helmet dept.

The popularity of e-scooters from billion-dollar companies like Uber, Lyft, Lime and Bird have created a new health scare, according to the Centers for Disease control.

Since electric scooters began populating streets of some of the country's biggest cities last year, there has been a surge in emergency room visits for fractures, dislocations and head trauma, the CDC found in a study that will be released at the Epidemic Intelligence Service conference in Atlanta on Thursday.

The CDC has found that head injuries topped the list of accident-related incidents involving e-scooters at 45%. The study determined that many e-scooter injuries could have been prevented if riders wore helmets and were more careful around cars, according to summary of the study released on Wednesday.


According to the CDC study, the most common wound after head injuries involved upper extremity fractures at 27%, followed by lower extremity fractures at 12%. The study, which lasted nearly three months, found the e-scooter injury rate was 14.3 per 100,000 trips.

The median age for people injured was 29. The majority of injuries occurred on the street, with 29% connected to first-time riders and 18% involving motor vehicles.

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  • (Score: 3, Interesting) by Barenflimski on Sunday May 05 2019, @06:47PM (2 children)

    by Barenflimski (6836) on Sunday May 05 2019, @06:47PM (#839314)

    People may not like how others travel, but the CDC using disease terminology to shame e-scooter riders simply stinks to me. An Epidemic? Its not like these crashed-riders didn't take the vaccine. They were going to crash anyhow, they simply didn't have a helmet on in their version of events. Would it be better if folks wore helmets? Sure.

    What comes next after these types of outbursts though is usually a save the children campaign, regulations that may or may not ever be followed but will rack up fines for the CDC and laws at the local municipality based on shaming your neighbors. Without an idiot, some people have real problems navigating who they themselves are.

    If the CDC can actually produce something other than documentation to back up mothers and fathers claims that their fears are completely founded that would be great, but with clickbait coming straight from them, I can't help be skeptical.

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  • (Score: 2) by realDonaldTrump on Sunday May 05 2019, @09:19PM

    by realDonaldTrump (6614) on Sunday May 05 2019, @09:19PM (#839369) Homepage Journal

    Computer people say "not" a lot. And sometimes it's too much. You say, it's not like they didn't take the vaccine. Complicated way to say, they got the vaccine. But it didn't work. It doesn't always work. Nobody ever said it's 100%. They have to get the shots. The vaccinations are so important. This is really going around now. They have to get their shots!!!

  • (Score: 3, Informative) by DeathMonkey on Monday May 06 2019, @05:15PM

    by DeathMonkey (1380) on Monday May 06 2019, @05:15PM (#839707) Journal

    epidemic adjective
    ep·​i·​dem·​ic | \ ˌe-pə-ˈde-mik \
    Definition of epidemic (Entry 1 of 2)
    1 : affecting or tending to affect a disproportionately large number of individuals within a population, community, or region at the same time
    typhoid was epidemic