Docpepz From Singapore, joined May 2001, 1971 posts, RR: 3
Reply 2, posted (13 years 2 months 1 day 9 hours ago) and read 2620 times:
It is NOT an epidemic! There are 3 billion people in Asia and 2000 people have it. More people die of normal pneumonia in any given month. The cure rate is 96%. The people who died had complicated medical histories, or were old.
Hkg82 From Hong Kong, joined Apr 2002, 1331 posts, RR: 1
Reply 3, posted (13 years 2 months 1 day 8 hours ago) and read 2600 times:
Yes Doc, it's technically an epidemic (albeit a small one in global terms). Despite the 5% mortality rate & the fact that just a fraction of the world's population has been infected, It's spreading extensively throughout the world.
Don't worry; I'm not in a panic-struck state or anything. About half the population of HK has donned masks & some people are even wearing gloves when they go out. What’s next? Will Hong Kong people resort to wearing bio-warefare suits?
Mas777 From United Kingdom, joined Jul 1999, 2939 posts, RR: 6
Reply 5, posted (13 years 2 months 10 hours ago) and read 2409 times:
My fear is the fact that perhaps some countries are under-reporting cases to the WHO for fear of damage to their tourism industry... let us not forget that they have now traced the outbreak in China back to Nov 2002 - but nothing was done about it.