Joi Ito questions the panic around SARS.
I have to say, I am perplexed also. It seems to me that 79 people worldwide is hardly something to get worked up about – maybe the threat of “biological weapons” and nasty viruses has our danger sensors on high alert?
Bit of perspective – UNICEF estimates that 12 million people die each year from malnutrition, poor water or other preventable causes. That’s 32876 people dying each day! But it won’t affect us here in the developed world, no-sir-eee. So we’re more worried about the 79 people that have died of SARS so far.
I have friends whose parents are sending them gloves and masks to travel home because they’re passing through Singapore. The airports here in Australia are setting up quarantine procedures and publicising them on TV.
I just don’t get it…