Hot on the heels of diners avoiding Middle-Eastern and French restaurants in a wave of misguided patriotism, people are now avoiding Chinese restaurants and Chinatowns in general from fear of SARS. EGullet, Gothamist's favorite food newssource, issues this plea for logic. The vanishingly small risk of catching SARS in Chinatown may not be sufficiently good reason to destroy the livelyhood of the people who live and work there.
On the other hand, The New York Times reports that of the original SARS cases in Guangdong Province, a higher than expected percentage were involved in the food service industry. In fact, the crowed stalls of butchers may have been where the virus first crossed the species barrier to infect Humans.