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originally posted by: lakesidepark
a reply to: FyreByrd
Its tomorrow already!!!
I would like to hear you reinforce your arguments for why this is NOT a time to panic over incompentence and lack of any control over the possible daaths and permanant damage forthcoming...
I see only way to prevent panic is protest, before we are all living in lockdown due to widespread deadly disease.
Inappropriate or excessive precautionary
measures may serve to weaken society’s natural bonds and, in turn, create anxious and
avoidant behaviour. Weapons that tap into contemporary health fears have the greatest
targetshaveagainputciviliansinthefiringline.Yet there exists uncertainty
about the form that any terrorist attack might take, whether an explosive
device, chemical or biological agents or a dirty bomb designed to cause
radiological fall-out. How the public might respond to any of these weapons
is an important question as a terrorist goal is to create fear.
But overreacting might just be the way to spread the disease instead of contain it. It is a lesson we learned long ago. During the 14th century Black Death, Venice and other cities introduced a quarantine, shutting off their waters to ships suspected of carrying the disease, to no effect. Thousands of Venetians died.
The city of Milan, well ahead of its time, avoided a major outbreak by isolating sick people and sealing off their houses.
The problem with the quarantine was that it caused people to panic. And panicked people take fewer precautions, spreading more disease. Overreactions, such as the needless quarantine Thursday of a whole building near Paris, can distract from better approaches.
A tried-and-true method of slowing the spread of an outbreak is known as contact tracing — isolate victims and then identify and follow the contacts of the sick person.
When panic does occur, it usually involves few persons, is short-
lived, and is not contagious. (21) In studies of more than 500 events, the Univer
sity of Delaware’s Disaster Research Center found that panic was of very little
practical or operational importance.