rating: 4 of 5 stars
A good account of the SARS epidemic from the editor of Time Asia, who was in the thick of it. Interesting things learned:
1. China still treats Hong Kong as a foreign country even though it supposedly is part of China now.
2. The virus that caused SARS is a form of corona virus, usually associated with the common cold. Obviously this was a form that humans were immunologically naive to.
3. It came from palm civets, a relative of the
4. We are lucky it was not as contagious as the flu.
5. We’re lucky that China treats Hong Kong as a foreign country, because a lot of the work on SARS came out of Hong Kong at the same time China was denying there was an epidemic.
6. We were lucky that it wasn’t as fatal as the Black Death.
7. Eating wild animals is dangerous. Hell, in view of Mad Cow, eating domesticated animals is dangerous. But then so is eating vegetables, ie, e. coli on spinach, salmonella on peppers. Live dangerously.