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The issue of the fear factor is very real. However, [...] what it really points to again is the absolute necessity for the most comprehensive and centrally organised and socially provided health care system for all. A pandemic or mass outbreak of this kind just cannot be dealt with on an individual basis. Asking people to self-isolate, for example, is almost ludicrous. Who looks after people when they become ill? And who does the work whilst people are off ill? Who keeps things up and running? And there has been almost no discussion about public health provision or what we as a society need to do and think about to deal with an outbreak of this kind.