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Wednesday, October 12, 2005


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Janet Edens

As a flu follower, I've been downright shocked at the inability of reporters to get the facts straight. Knowing as much about it as I do, it's easy to see how wrong they get things, how often they allow themselves to be spun or don't ask the right questions. So what about the things I don't know about? How can I trust anything they say? It's so easy to get a little information and background. You know, facts. Stuff that might have helped the CNN anchor persons stop talking about the quake in Southeast Asia. Must have been a helluva quake to move Pakistan over like that.


Dan, can you post a link to your preparedness article?


Nope. I can't post a link because the story is behind an archive pay wall.

To summarize what I got from public health experts: 1. Don't be around sick people; 2. Practice basic hygiene; 3. WEAR A MASK, like you'd wear while sanding furniture; 4. Get a "normal" flu shot (even though it isn't for H5N1... it MIGHT help boost your immunity); 5. If you've got money to burn and a friendly doctor, lay in a supply of Tamiflu for yourself and your family; 6. Wash your hands... A LOT.

There's other stuff, particularly for business people. Every business needs a pandemic plan. And if you're into local politics, push your local leaders to put together a plan for pandemic response that includes the proper assumptions about what resources will be available.

H5N1 could infect 30 percent of the population. For the other 70 percent, a pandemic is a logistical, economic and political problem, not a disease problem. Plan accordingly.

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