SARS - or at least the sense of an epidemic - came late to Taiwan. Not until mid-April, when SARS outbreaks were already under control or subsiding in Vietnam and Singapore, did concerns about the airborne virus finally rattle Taiwan's 22.6 million citizens. But in early May, SARS began spreading in Taipei, and accompanying it was a pervasive panic that changed ingrained Taiwanese eating and food shopping habits, reports Glenn Smith.