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If you want something visual, that's not too habitual

by: Oremus

Sat Feb 17, 2007 at 01:12:11 AM EST

Video links and discussion
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"Contagion", the movie

by: Bronco Bill

Fri Sep 09, 2011 at 23:00:00 PM EDT

An action-thriller centered on the threat posed by a deadly disease and an international team of doctors contracted by the CDC to deal with the outbreak.
Have you seen the movie yet? What are your thoughts? Feel free to share them here.
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Appropriate Technology for Hand-washing

by: lugon

Sat Sep 19, 2009 at 08:31:44 AM EDT

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".

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Student Dismissal In Plain English

by: lugon

Mon May 26, 2008 at 18:25:55 PM EDT

Please take a minute to look at any of the videos here: http://video.google.com/videos...

In one to three minutes, a complex idea is presented in a memorable way.

You get to understand the why, and sometimes even the how of something.

We could have just that for "school closure", "student dismissal", or whatever it's called these days. ;-)

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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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Bird Flu pandemic program on Science channel Feb 7th, 2008.

by: Kobie

Fri Feb 08, 2008 at 11:20:26 AM EST

  Some interesting notes from the show with many comments from John Oxford (http://ec.europa.eu/research/profiles/index_en.cfm?p=1_oxford).

 Diary is to generate thoughts and reactions.

 Thanks to Kathy Baker for posting when the show will be on. It was on the Science channel in my area.

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2007 Pandemic Movie

by: iwrote1

Thu Nov 15, 2007 at 12:14:54 PM EST

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.
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Finally a DVD on Home Care for the Ill during a severe outbreak!

by: CO health director

Mon Sep 24, 2007 at 22:05:04 PM EDT

( - promoted by DemFromCT)

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Sick Day from Florida DPH

by: DemFromCT

Mon Sep 24, 2007 at 13:56:39 PM EDT

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BBC Video on pandemic flu

by: InKy

Tue Aug 14, 2007 at 22:14:56 PM EDT

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. 
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Good Informational Video - Washington alerts residents

by: iwrote1

Tue Jul 10, 2007 at 12:36:07 PM EDT

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.


It's a rather candid 22 minute talk by State Health Officer Dr. Maxine Hayes titled: "Plain Talk About Pandemic Influenza"

Because it's so interesting and well delivered by a state health official, I think it might be a great video to share with those you know who may think that you've gone off the deep end.

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"Must See" Panflu Video

by: DemFromCT

Wed Jun 27, 2007 at 15:15:17 PM EDT

( - promoted by DemFromCT)

I attended a Fred Friendly seminar hosted by Trust For America's Health prior to the HHS summit two weeks ago. This video now appears on the Robert Wood Johnson web site.
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:
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Pandemic Preparation Message Video Briefs

by: Edna Mode

Mon Apr 16, 2007 at 00:20:02 AM EDT

I prepared a variety of pandemic preparedness video shorts on YouTube a while ago, and I am now finding time to post them here.

The material in the shorts is from various sources, some of it open source material, some of it copyrighted.

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"How prepared is the EU for an influenza pandemic?"

by: lugon

Fri Feb 23, 2007 at 15:50:37 PM EST

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".

There's also a background article in Eurosurveillance, titled "Pandemic preparedness in the European Union - multi-sectoral planning needed"

Please discuss.

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!

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End Day

by: RNeville

Fri Feb 23, 2007 at 11:00:24 AM EST

Interesting BBC produced video runs about 55 minutes:


One of the 5 disasters is a pan-epidemic. I found it entertaining and interesting but then I've always enjoyed this sort of stuff in a fictional context.

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new "realistic" youtube video

by: Annoyed Max--Not mad yet

Tue Feb 20, 2007 at 10:46:20 AM EST


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.

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Public Service Announcement from HHS

by: DemFromCT

Sun Feb 11, 2007 at 20:31:33 PM EST

(for visibility - promoted by MaMa)

click to play video


click to play video

see also Washington state PSA: Windows Media Player; Real Media Player and even more...

see also Know, another PSA from HHS. If you can't see the movies, try Flash player.

http://www.versiontr...  Windows
http://www.versiontr...  Mac OS X

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YouTube Pandemic Video

by: Average Concerned Mom

Wed Jan 24, 2007 at 13:54:02 PM EST

YouTube video shows life 1 month after avian flu pandemic as society breaks down.
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What does this Dept. of Ed video mean?

by: Northstar

Mon Jan 08, 2007 at 19:39:48 PM EST

Here's a video from the U.S. Dept. of education that really caught my interest -- more in what it doesn't say than what it does.
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Composting toilets and Permaculture

by: lugon

Tue Dec 12, 2006 at 05:53:26 AM EST

The good people who run the WorldChanging blog have come up with a nice piece on composting toilets.  A reader gives a further link on DIY for same.

This reminds me of a video which I may be able to link to.  Hang on ... go here, look for the "Greening the desert" happy face, and look at the video.  A garden at a time, he says.

Maybe each community needs a "permaculture team"?

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