The WHO's waffling and the vague reassurances of Ms Gerberdring (sp?) at our own CDC are reminiscient of the Thomas Mann novel where the protagonist lingers at a hotel on the Lido, obvlivious of the plague that is sweeping the city ... until it gets him. Here are some of the things they don't know about SARS: (1)What causes it. (2) How it's transmitted. (3)Whether you are infectious before you exhibit symptoms. (4)Whether you are infectious after you stop exhibiting symptoms. (5) Whether you can be asymptomatic and still be a carrier. etc. etc. A death rate of "just 3%", which Kidman finds cheering, would translate into roughly ten million dead in the US alone, if you believe, as I do, that we will all be exposed to this virus eventually. And perhaps the 97% survival rate depends upon rapid hospitalization and treatment. What will the survival rate be after the healthcare system collapses, as it virtually has in Toronto already?