BIRD FLU, ANY FLU—STOP THE FEAR

AN EDITORIAL CARTOON published a few weeks ago showed yet another hurricane—this one, named "Avian Flu"—heading toward the White House in Washington, DC. The fearful image of impending devastation is just one of the ways people's fears of bird flu are being stirred up.

Another is the continuing coverage of the 1918 global flu pandemic and the conviction that this is what lies ahead for us. Reports on that pandemic present a monolithic picture of helplessness and death; they do not report on something more than one researcher noted at the time: If you defeat the fear, you defeat the disease.

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