The Risk of Crying Wolf Over the Flu

Rubber chicken (Illustration credit: Abby McBride)


The flu spreads quickly, but information spreads faster. In a National Geographic opinion article, Too Early to Panic Over Bird Flu, science journalist David Quammen examines the 2013 outbreak of H7N9 avian influenza virus in China, arguing that misinformation about the flu can be as dangerous as the virus itself.

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