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Was the Reaction Proportionate?

The post-mortem analysis of the media coverage of the swine flu outbreak has begun. This might be a little premature, given the outbreak has still not run its course, but it seems quite clear swine flu is not going to have the impact initially feared.

National medical reporter Rob Stein explores this question in an interesting piece today. Public health officials argue that the swine flu outbreak may have intersected with the moment where the world is best prepared to deal with a global outbreak.

By Shankar Vedantam  |  May 8, 2009; 10:25 AM ET
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