Alex Massie

Swine Flu Panic

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The latest news should obviously have you feeling Very, Very Afraid:

Mexico has revised down the suspected death toll from swine flu from 176 to 101, indicating that the outbreak may not be as bad as was initially feared.

Health Minister Jose Angel Cordova told the BBC that, based on samples tested, the mortality rate was comparable with that of seasonal flu. You don't say! Will this be reflected in the media coverage? Don't be silly. I mean, the hospitals are sending people home even though they don't have swine flu...

Written byAlex Massie

Alex Massie is Scotland Editor of The Spectator. He also writes a column for The Times and is a regular contributor to the Scottish Daily Mail, The Scotsman and other publications.

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