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With eerie prescience, the City tracked a pandemic using a 'bird flu' scenario in 2006 – leaving it better prepared for the effects of the swine flu outbreak.....
....The exercise, which began in November 2006, was masterminded by the Bank of England, the Financial Services Authority and the Treasury – the three authorities that monitor financial stability. It was condensed into six weeks, with firms sent updates as the crisis developed.
“As a rule, active treatment with an anti-viral drug reduces the symptoms 20-30 percent and reduces the length of the illness by maybe one day,” he said. “Its really minimal treatment benefit and we don’t necessarily recommend treating the average person or someone with mild swine flu with anti-viral medications. If you were severely ill or in a hospital we would consider treatment.”
Originally posted by skitzspiricy
reply to post by burntheships
In order to open a dialogue about Hawaii’s pandemic preparedness and allocation priorities, the U.S. Centers for Disease Control and Prevention is funding an alternate reality game starting in mid-May at CoralCross.org.
As part of a larger public engagement initiative that includes community meetings and a live TV panel, the Hawaii State Department of Heath has contracted with the Hawaii Research Center for Future Studies to produce Coral Cross, a “playable scenario” on the island of Oahu. According to Judy Kern at the Communications Office of the Hawaii State Department of Health, the goal of the ARG is to “help encourage public dialogue and elicit input for decision-makers on Hawaii’s pandemic priorities.”
Originally posted by saratoga123
Why are more people not concerned?
Federal quarantine authority is limited to diseases listed in presidential executive orders; President Bush added "novel" forms of influenza with the potential to create pandemics in Executive Order 13375. Anyone violating a quarantine order can be punished by a $250,000 fine and a one-year prison term.
Originally posted by Cameoii
Geez! I just saw the mention of checking the flutracker website! Does it actually say 909 confirmed cases in the US??
Originally posted by Cloudsinthesky
Okay the military helicopter just flew over my building and it looked like it landed at our small "very small airport" I am heading out to take pictures and see whats going on.............