A year has passed since Lorenzo Milá was applauded, intensely but briefly, for appealing to data to oppose what was then considered scaremongering. Unfortunately he did so by feeding misinformation with false data, ensuring that the coronavirus – then we still did not call the disease by its name, COVID-19 – had lower fatality than flu. “Boy, it seems that scaremongering is more widespread than the data,” the journalist added in a connection from Italy. A year later, his statements take on another meaning, they sound ahead of their time. Now it is possible that alarmism is spreading more than the data.