Who would have thought that Michael Jackson's usage of surgical masks would have been some forward thinking fashion choice. If SARS and the Avian Influenza were not bad enough to scare you, the Swine Flu is here to stay. While many would shrug this off as crazy, if you look at the history of the 1918/1919 Spanish Flu outbreak, approximately 25 million people died in the first 25 weeks of the pandemic. That is in the age before same day transit between continents via commercial airliners. Scary.