Medicine: Asian Flu: the Outlook

Asian influenza will hit the U.S. this fall before mass immunization can be effective, and the nation faces an epidemic which may strike 15 million to 30 million people. The disease is relatively mild (in no way comparable to the killing "Spanish flu" of 1918-19), and is likely to cause only a small number of deaths among the feeble young and enfeebled old. But it may compel 10% to 20% of the population in affected areas to take to their beds at the same time, thus cripple essential services.

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