My philosophy regarding the avian flu virus is not too panic, but to be prepared. Whether it’s a H5N1 virus or some other yet unknown strain, the world is overdue for another pandemic. It’s the same as being prepared for other possible emergencies such as earthquakes. I don’t live in fear of them everyday, but I do know that they can happen (having grown up in the San Francisco Bat Area and been in Kobe when the devastating earthquake hit out here) and thus take basic precautions on the off chance that it does happen while I’m in the area.
Money magazine has a Flu doomsday scenario for the world economy article currently up on its site. Some highlights: