This swine flu thing is ridiculous. If you look @ the biological aspect of this.. it's a different form of the common flu. Anyone on this forum that has a regular immune system can fight it off (go check the stats if you want). The people that are dying from this are the young, the elderly and people with autoimmune diseases that would have likely died from the regular strain of the flu anyway.
I'm not so sure of an epidemic spreading so quickly and taking out a lot of the earth's population. The worst kind would be a disease that could be passed through the air (sars) and which could kill people of any age (not just people with weaker immune systems). Our quarantine techniques are unbelievable now. But maybe they have brainwashed me and the rest of the pre-med community that humans can heal everything to survive.