BBC NEWS | Health | Swine flu: How serious a threat?: “If the avian flu H5N1 virus had spread from human to human like this then I would be extremely worried. It would be top of my Richter scale.
But this swine flu worries me less because as a population we have a basic immunity to H1N1. Outside of Mexico there have been no deaths, so it doesn’t seem so aggressive.
And not only are we coming up to the summer, which makes it less likely for these viruses to spread as well, but Britain has enough antiviral drugs for half of the population.
So we should not panic in any way. This does not look as though it is going to be a virus that sweeps the world and causes huge mortality.”