|When the next pandemic strain becomes easily transmissible:
1. There will first be quiet inklings of unexplained, rapid deaths, followed by official denials and a lot of conflicting, confusing information.
2. TPTB will be as confused (and possibly less-informed) than the flubie community is.
3. Politics will bog down any possibility of effective, rapid response, so any planned containment measures (on a larger scale than your own family) are, in all likelihood, a fiction.
4. Because of the initial conflicting information, it may be hard even for well-prepped flubies to make the decision to completely curtail their (and their teens') exposure to others.
5. The "grasshoppers" who ridiculed the "ants" before the pandemic will downplay the risks, complain loudly about fear-mongering, and then will panic, themselves, when the pandemic hits home. The quiet skeptics will start asking the ants a lot of questions about prepping.
6. Once the mainstream media picks up the story, many reports will be inaccurate, ill-informed and sensationalized, but the small core of long-time flubie reporters will continue to provide thoughtful analyses.
7. The maintstream media's interest in the story will flame out quickly, leading most casual readers/viewers to believe the danger is over before it really is.
8. A vaccine will not be widely available until after the first wave, regardless of optimistic assurances to the contrary.
What real-world lesssons have you learned from H1N1?