Then we have the kind of feel-good story that backfires, like this Reuters report: REUTERS SUMMIT-Current China bird flu strain can't cause pandemic -CDC. Here the headline spins the key quotation, a comment by CDC Director Dr. Thomas Frieden, who says H7N9 can't go pandemic in its present form; he goes on to say that just "a bit of mutation" could convert it into a person-to-person virus. Whoever wrote the headline did both Dr. Frieden and the reporter, Julie Steenhuysen, a disservice.
And on the other side we have the hand-wringer, where despondency over our bleak prospects seems to overwhelm the writer—like this New Scientist report explaining Why we are sitting ducks for China's bird flu.
Neither approach seems constructive. I much prefer the view expressed in Dr. Chen Ji-Ming's letter to this blog, in which he argued for a "properly prepared and see" attitude as we learn more about H7N9.