Daily English 930 - Fearing Bioterrorism

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Dialogue/Story

Natalie: Why are you wearing that gas mask?

Anton: I’m getting used to it. If we ever have a bioterrorist attack, I’ll be ready. Want to try one on?

Natalie: No, thanks. If we get involved in biological warfare, I think we’ll have some warning.

Anton: That’s what you think. Airborne toxins, bacteria, or viruses could be in the air right now, and you and I wouldn’t be able to detect it. It could infect you in the blink of an eye.

Natalie: Then I’ll be sick or dead anyway. So who cares?

Anton: I said we wouldn’t be able to detect it, but there are agencies with early detection equipment that could. As soon as they sound the alarm, we can put on our gas masks and take other precautions.

Natalie: If we’re really attacked by bioterrorists, what good is early detection? It’s not like you can really escape the toxins.

Anton: Don’t pooh-pooh these preparations. They could be the difference between life and death when the time comes.

Natalie: Right. In the meantime, I think I’ll just get dressed – without the stylish gas mask.

Category: Government + Law|Health + Medicine


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