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What are you doing at home (JAH)

by: cottontop

Thu Jul 02, 2009 at 07:14:55 AM EDT

Last year, we did a creative excerise called "What are you doing just at home?(JAH)part one here:  http://www.newfluwiki2.com/dia...

Part 2 here:   http://www.newfluwiki2.com/dia...

This creative excerise was done in the pretext that H5N1 went pandemic. Well, with the world in the grip of a H1N1 pandemic and the U.S. seasonal flu season not far away, I thought it would be interesting to see how we would respond now that we are dealing with a real pandemic, based on the news from overseas and their flu season.  

I wonder what people will be doing during a mandatory quarantine JAH. How will your life change, and that of your families?

H1N1 is pandemic. It's the U.S. seasonal flu season. We realize that this isn't going to be "a short duration JAH." The first thing we realize, is that we are going to have to get into a "new routine", at home.

Let's be really creative here, and post as if we have alreay entered JAH. Let's put ourselves in it. How is your emotional state, and that of your familes? And what are you doing JAH? This can be our journal.  

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Death and sickness on Canadian train- "Severe Flu-like Symptoms"

by: On the Fence and Leaning

Fri May 09, 2008 at 13:40:45 PM EDT

Was lurking for awhile but this struck a chord:
Canadian authorities have quarantined a train in Northern Ontario. One dead, 10 sick. All reporting "Sever Flu-like" symptoms. Station and train have been sealed off. No on the train without protective gear.
This was on Headline News at 1:06 p.m. as reported by AP. No pictures/video.
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Modern Transportation and Infectious Disease

by: microbeworld

Tue Apr 15, 2008 at 08:55:21 AM EDT

From your local bus route to international air travel, infectious diseases can spread across the globe in a matter of hours. In this video podcast episode filmed at the Koshland Science Museum in Washington, D.C., Stephen Eubank from the Virginia Bioinformatics Institute of Virginia Tech and Daniel Lucey from Georgetown University discuss the role of transportation in the spread of disease and examine the effectiveness of various measures to curb transmission.

Stephen Eubank, Ph.D., is a project director at the Network Dynamics and Simulation Science Laboratory at the Virginia Bioinformatics Institute of Virginia Tech. His research focuses on modeling and simulating the spread of disease and regional transportation, and the analysis of complex systems.

Daniel Lucey, M.D., M.P.H., is an adjunct professor in the Department of Microbiology and Immunology at Georgetown University, where he is co-director of the master of science program in biohazardous threat agents and emerging infectious diseases. In recent years, his teaching focus has been on SARS, avian flu, and the threat of pandemic human influenza.

Source: www.microbeworld.org

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Livestock protection and isolation

by: Andrzejek

Wed Mar 19, 2008 at 12:21:05 PM EDT

First off, this is my first post, so please forgive me if I'm not doing this right!

I live on a farm and so protecting my livestock to ensure continued food production during a pandemic is an important part of our plan. This is the place where our extended family group will most likely ride out the pandemic, so I'm trying to be certain to learn all I can.

When isolation is dicussed as a primary method of safety, there are few references to provide specific details. How isolated is isolated? How far does the airborne virus travel from its host?

I have seen references that include dogs and cats in the species that are susceptible to the current BF viruses, but I haven't seen any refences to farm livestock (other than birds, of course). Are there studies anywhere that address this?

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Quarantine Post 9/11

by: minrlwtr

Wed Dec 12, 2007 at 20:23:08 PM EST

Intresting new book out caled Quarantine Post 911  http://www.lulu.com/content/16...
A Citizens Guide to Survival Preparedness for Pandemic & Bioterrorism Related Illness Do You Actually Know What It Will Be like to Be Placed in Quarantine or Isolation? Do You Know What Legal Basis The Government Will Use To Halt Travel, Barricade Roads, Detain Tourists, And Force Inoculations? This Is But A Few Of The Measures The Government Plans To Impose On The Public Should An Epidemic Break Out In The United States. Are You And Your Family Prepared For This Likely Event? Will You Be Able To Cope? Get the Inside Story and Facts You Need To Know Before The Next Pandemic Strikes or The Avian Flu Mutates. This Book Was Researched And Written by an Emergency Management Administration And Planning Specialist Who Wants To Share His Knowledge And Increase Your Chances Of Survival
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Could an alien infection cause an epidemic on earth?

by: Bronco Bill

Fri Oct 12, 2007 at 23:50:29 PM EDT

History Channel, October 16, 9pm Eastern time

Mega Disasters: Alien Infection
Could an alien infection cause an epidemic on earth? Some experts believe that spacecraft returning from Mars could bring back a harmful sample or comet dust falling into our atmosphere could cause pandemics. One astronomer believes that the Influenza of 1918, which killed between 50-100 million people, was one such outbreak and that another "infection" could decimate the world's population. Astrobiologists are now poised to bring Mars samples back to earth to examine them in a Bio 4 level safety lab. In a hypothetical future disaster scenario, track how comet dust would seed the earth with a virulent virus. Quarantine measures don't work and panic ensues. 

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Mandatory Quarantine

by: iwrote1

Wed Jul 11, 2007 at 14:42:17 PM EDT

This may likely be the future for those who first display symptoms similar to influenza when the first reports come in that 'it' has begun. Of course once too many become ill it would be impractical to try and hold them in a hospital in the hope of containing it. I'm aware of one other man with TB who's locked up in prison for breaking his quarantine by going outside without a mask. He has no idea if he'll ever be released.

'Man with tuberculosis leaves quarantine'

LITTLE ROCK - A man kept in isolation after he was diagnosed with contagious tuberculosis broke a hospital window and fled from his room at a Little Rock hospital.

Franklin Greenwood, 50, was placed in isolation on June 29 after he was seen coughing up blood outside of the city's traffic court and was released by a judge to the state Health Department's custody....


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Do you want to play a game?

by: iwrote1

Tue Jul 10, 2007 at 08:09:47 AM EDT

If suddenly we find ourselves thrust into a quarantine situation, all thoughts of security and stockpiles aside, what are some creative ways you and yours will find to entertain yourselves? Will you have a library of interesting books to read for young and old? What kind of board games or other games do you plan on having on hand? If it's a game such as tic-tac-toe, you?ll want plenty of writing paper and pencils on hand. How about coloring books and crayons or activity books for the younger children?

At least every other weekend my kids will bring their families over and we?ll play various games, so we should be in good shape. But there are some out there who may not have given any thought to the entertainment aspect of their preparations. That?s why I?m writing this (even though it?s likely been covered and likely buried somewhere in a previous posts that newcomers may never find).

My family enjoys card games such as Uno and Phase Ten, as well as Scrabble, and Jenga. Even the older children can take part in some these games (all of which require no batteries).

So what will you do to keep your families minds off of ?what may be coming next??

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A Better Story To Be In (Part 3)

by: KathyinFL

Tue May 29, 2007 at 14:34:38 PM EDT

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Continuation of the fictional pandemic scenario.
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