Out of the mouths of babes...
On hearing the news of the "pandemic" this past spring, my medically
daughter asked, "Dad, isn't this the same thing they said about SARS and
Her question brought to mind thoughts so nicely articulated in
I am happy that he is such a fine writer as I can refer my dear daughter
as well as sharing it with patients and staff who are wrestling with how
well intended information about H1N1 into a useable context.
I fully support the idea of categorizing pandemics so that the term
meaning. I suspect government officials must assume a "worst-case
but we all must, as Doshi reminds us, recognize the costs of our
and try to maintain balance.
The content and tone of this piece offer me a resource I can share
(and my daughter!) to help promote the prudence of practical preparedness
without the panic of pandemic.
Competing interests: No competing interests