Intended for healthcare professionals

Rapid response to:


Calibrated response to emerging infections

BMJ 2009; 339 doi: (Published 03 September 2009) Cite this as: BMJ 2009;339:b3471

Rapid Response:

Out of the mouths of babes aka The Emperor's New Clothes revisited

Mark McConnell’s wise young daughter recognises that there is no
swine flu pandemic just as there was no, and was not going to be, any SARS
or bird flu epidemic. The wise only see an attempt (doomed right from the
onset) to CREATE an epidemic. Once again, the babe recognised that the
emperor is naked. Para-phrasing a past US presidential campaign: “there is
no emerging swine flu pandemic, it’s the $$$economy stupid”, and what
would Shakespeare say? Much ado about nothing.

Competing interests:
None declared

Competing interests: No competing interests

12 September 2009
Dr Viera Scheibner
Scientist (Retired)/Author
Blackheath NSW Australia