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  •  okay, i'll take you up on that (4.00)
    and i don't see panic or hype. i do see a phenominal amount of denial and ignorance on your part if you think a 5% mortality is nothing to sneeze at in a country of 300 million people, of whom 30% might come down with pandemic flu. "Just the flu" is what was said in 1918, btw.

    Let's be crystal clear, and I think we were. There is no current pandemic, we may not have a pandemic any time soon, but all the scientific evidence, andexperts on the topic (including skeptics) agree we will have another.

    It might not be H5N1, though this virus has broken enough rules and behaved in a way that scares everyone who knows somewthing about it. it's an unknown.

    Planning should be for any virus, every virus that can go pandemic, now and in the future. It might be H5N1 or some other. But there's no reason to avoid planning.

    "Politics is the art of looking for trouble, finding it everywhere, diagnosing it incorrectly and applying the wrong remedies." - Groucho Marx

    by Greg Dworkin on Fri Feb 03, 2006 at 10:31:58 AM PST

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