Did the World Health Organization overreact to the outbreak of the flu formerly known as swine flu, to the point of panic, in cranking up the flu-threat level to one notch below Defcon 1?
My post here Friday had a brief look at that, based on the evidence that the H1N1 virus, while spreading, seems to be associated with a fairly mild strain of flu.
But there's a letter worth reading in the Times this morning. It's from a physician associated with the conservative Hoover Institution. He says the WHO response seems to have been "alarmist" and driven by "excessive risk-aversion" predicated on experiences during (and possibly fallout after) the 2002-2003 SARS outbreak in Asia.