Face facts: New York Times op-ed by CISAC's Lawrence Wein

"Pandemic influenza is probably the world's most serious near-term public health threat," CISAC's Lawrence M. Wein points out, yet the nation is unprepared to treat the ill if a strain similar to that of the 1918 Spanish flu breaks out. A relatively inexpensive way to keep the illness from spreading may be within reach, though. In this New York Times op-ed, Wein explains how stockpiles of inexpensive masks and respirators could provide critical protection if a deadly flu virus hits.