Pandemic fears

6 August 2014

Fear not, ebola won't wipe us out

Misanthropes are using the disease to spread unfounded fears.

7 June 2011

Killer cucumbers and evil bean sprouts? Chill out

Yes, the E. coli outbreak in Germany is serious, but the panic-fuelled overreaction to it has ended up making things even worse.

23 May 2011

WHO’s learned nothing from the swine-flu panic?

The over-reaction to H1N1 influenza in 2009 was built on years of waiting for ‘the Big One’.

Apocalypse looms – again

Before you fall for the scare about antibiotic-resistant plagues, just consider how insanely wrong the authorities were about swine flu.

22 December 2009

A pandemic of fantasy flu

This year’s swine flu panic crowned a decade in which the gap between public-health scaremongering and reality was vast.

Must-reads from the past week

A Travis-ty of justice

A Travis-ty of justice

Self, Orwell and the English language

Self, Orwell and the English language

Making a pig’s ear of the vaccination debate

People are right to be sceptical about the swine-flu scare, but it is telling – and worrying – that they focus their scepticism on swine-flu jabs.

11 August 2009

Sickened by modern farming?

Agriculture has provided great benefits to mankind, yet greens are keen to blame it for the swine flu pandemic.

20 July 2009

The fearmongers preying on pregnant women

It was only a matter of time before the swine-flu scare lobby turned its attention to those who are seen as an easy target for fear: mums-to-be.

When public health becomes a public nuisance

The bizarre advice given to us doctors on how to deal with swine flu confirms that top-down scaremongering is destroying medical practice.

12 May 2009

Swine flu conspiracy theories go viral

Tessa Mayes reports from Mexico on how the government’s reaction to the outbreak is seen as evidence of political intrigue.