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Hand-washing has a role to play in public health. How much it will change things in this pandemic, particularly when done in schools where kids stand in line in large numbers, is debatable to say the least.
My take on it is this: washing hands doesn't generally do harm, and has other benefits. On the other hand, it's not all that good if it distracts our thinking cos we believe, amid the noise and haste, that it's the one and only thing to do.
With that out of the way, here are two "appropriate water-dispensers".
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.
I just heard about a Pandemic Bird Flu movie starring Tiffany Amber Theisen that was released this year, and I have a question: Is this a new movie? Or is it that one that ended just as the 2nd wave of a pandemic was beginning (which really should've been the middle of the movie)? I thought it was last year that they released that one, so I wanted to check with you guys before I rush out to get this one.
This video link was posted by Jason Foster at P4P. The BBC video is excellent, though it was made before H5N1 began infecting via the upper respiratory system. It is a documentary-style look at how a pandemic will unfold.
A few days ago the Department of Health for the State of Washington began a new informational campaign to alert its residents to prepare for a possible Influenza Pandemic. I think it's great that they're willing to be so vocal about it and hope other states follow their example. They offer a whirlwind of information on their website.
They not only offer print material, but also several video and audio presentations related to the topic, including one near the top of the page that I think you should view and bookmark for future use.
The day's events concluded with a Fred Friendly Seminar on "Pandemic Flu: The Virus That Could Change the World," using a hypothetical scenario to examine ways to better prepare the nation for a potential pandemic flu outbreak. Jeff Greenfield of CBS News moderated the panel discussion, which included:
The European Centre for Disease Control http://www.ecdc.euro... has published a report and a webcast about pandemic influenza preparedness in member countries (25 EU Member States plus Iceland and Norway). The press release says "much done - more still to be done".
N.B.: The 25-minute long webcast, if I recall correctly, will be available for a limited time only (plus it's only visible from MS-Windows and after you provide an email address that's never used). Maybe someone can youtube it so we can link to it directly? UPDATE: the webcast has been youtubed (thanks for alerting me!) and it's here. Now, if only I could link to it directly!
All of our nightmares summed up fairly realistically. There is plenty to discuss in this video. Mainly all the things they did wrong but its all so obvious I wont get into it. For those of you that are going to help out the non-preppers. The movie shows the point of when do you say enough is enough.