Swine flu was as elusive as WMD. The real threat is mad scientist syndrome
Key Excerpts from Article on Website of The Guardian (One of the UK's leading newspapers)
Posted: February 23rd, 2010
Remember the warnings of 65,000 dead? Health chiefs should admit they were wrong yet again about a global pandemic. Let me recap. Six months ago [the] BBC was intoning nightly statistics on what "could" happen as "the deadly virus" took hold. The happy-go-lucky virologist, John Oxford, said half the population could be infected, and that his lowest estimate was 6,000 dead. The chief medical officer, Sir Liam Donaldson, bandied about any figure that came into his head, settling on "65,000 could die", peaking at 350 corpses a day. The media went berserk. The World Health Organisation declared a "six-level alert" so as to "prepare the world for an imminent attack". If anyone dared question this drivel, they were dismissed by Donaldson as "extremists". When people started reporting swine flu to be even milder than ordinary flu, he accused them of complacency and told them to "wait for next winter". He was already buying 32m masks and spending more than 1bn on Tamiflu and vaccines. It was pure, systematic government-induced panic in which I accept that the media played its joyful part.
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