Fevered Debate

Your interesting article on swine flu notes the bizarre fact that the virus is spreading more in Britain than other European countries [Aug. 24]. No one knows why. But in Britain, anyone can phone the government's special flu line and say that they have a cough and fever. A member of the nonclinical staff will issue a week off work and a free packet of Tamiflu. Rumors of abuse are rife. Still baffled?
Dr. Marcus Lester, BENFLEET, ENGLAND

Your article on swine flu recommends that you cough into the crook of your elbow: how disgusting is that?...

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