“Pandemics pose some of the biggest threats in the world to people’s lives and to economies.”
Panic may grab people's attention for a little while, but it's not a sustainable basis of support for sensible policy. Portraying the natural world as a seething hotbed of viruses poised to invade humanity, and implying that we are helpless in their path, is not just plain wrong--it's dangerously wrong.
"With every transmission from an animal to a human you have to worry -- it's like another play at the genetic roulette table
Writers and filmmakers have long liked apocalyptic stories. But out in the real world, it might well be that the most likely cause of our specie's demise will be a microscopic bug we cannot defeat, and that we vanish, or vastly diminish, not with a bang but a whimper.
Medical Daily reports that JFK is an important hub because it not only feeds a large base of people in New York, but it offers
We are in the grips of a military-industrial complex for whom projects such as the Boston Biolab are as much meat and potatoes as any multi-billion dollar weapon system, no matter how dubious the need.
The un- and under-insured in our country are highly susceptible to any pandemic outbreak. The realities of biology will not let us separate into "us" versus "them" categories.
Even if swine flu eventually kills hundreds of Americans, it still won't be nearly as lethal as the regular flu, which has killed thousands of Americans already this year, just like it does every year.
Virus hunter Nathan Wolfe is outwitting the next pandemic by staying two steps ahead: discovering new, deadly viruses where they first emerge.