To most of us, the Sars outbreak was so long ago that it is a distant, bad memory.
Less than a week from the May Day holidays, the country is on high alert against new cases of Sars.
When Sars first appeared in Guangdong last winter, official confirmation of the mystery disease was preceded by weeks of rumours and panic buying.
A few readers' letters published in the South China Morning Post suggest that statistics, as in the statement 'many more people die of typical pneumonia than of severe acute respiratory syndrome...
As if Iraq was not enough, a second war is seizing the world's attention and creating huge pressures on policymakers from Hong Kong to Toronto.