By John Montone, 1010 WINS

We are bombarded by bad news.  For instance, ticks and taxes.  One can kill us.  The other? I dunno.

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Don’t go camping or walking or riding a bike in the woods without covering all of your exposed skin or dousing yourself with DEET-laden insect repellent.  Why?  Because ticks are now testing positive for a virus much more lethal than Lyme-disease.  It is called, “Powassan,” and it can cause inflammation of the human brain.  There’s no known treatment and it is often fatal.  Oh, and enjoy that picnic you’re going on this weekend.

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I take no joy in reporting that going out for some fresh air in a pair of Bermuda shorts may be putting your life at risk.  I shed my jeans for shorts once the temperature sneaks north of 50-degrees.  But it makes sense to me as a reporter to report to you that this rare but potentially deadly virus is out there and some degree of caution should be taken.

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Then there is tax day.  You survived it?  Congratulations.  Because like ticks, we are being told taxes can result in death.  A recent e-mail from a PR firm quoted the Journal of the American Medical Association as saying people are more likely to die in auto accidents on April 15th due to a spike in driver stress levels.  A Zogby Survey in the PR release stated that 56% of U.S. adults consider tax filing stressful. Duh.  And the Gallup-Healthways Well-Being Index…..the what?  Well, that Index has Tax Day as the 2nd most stressful day of the year.  In 1st place according to Gallup-Healthways was, “a day with mass tornadoes.”

The second part of the press release offered some easy steps to help us cope with the “tax-time stress pandemic.”

I chose not to report the tax-related stress story on 1010 WINS because there’s enough “real” bad news to keep me busy and ruin your day.

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Now, just watch out for those ticks.