News & Perspective

Jan 03, 2007

Jan 03, 2007

Communicating to Americans living aboard

For some 2 million Americans registered with 260 embassies or consulates abroad, the US government says its Web site (www.pandemicflu.gov) is designed to provide the latest information on avian and pandemic influenza.

Jan 10, 2007

Jan 10, 2007

Get your slice of the 'fearfulness' pie

Fear is like a pie (or money): There's usually not enough to go around. If you want people to take precautions, you have to compete for your share.

Jan 24, 2007

Jan 24, 2007

National conference to help business gird for pandemic flu

(CIDRAP News) – Decision makers in commerce and industry can explore how to plan effectively for an influenza pandemic at the University of Minnesota Center for Infectious Disease Research and Policy's (CIDRAP's) second national conference on business preparedness, to be held Feb 5 and 6 in Orlando, Fla.

Jan 24, 2007

When the pandemic is on our doorstep, is it too late to prepare?

What will the first days of the pandemic look like?

Imagine that the virulent H5N1 influenza virus has begun spreading from human to human in an Asian country. Your employees—like the rest of the world—are watching the situation unfold, and you must react. What do you do and when do you do it?

Jan 24, 2007

The 4 faces of bird flu

Bird flu is 4 problems, not 1. Keeping them straight is a prerequisite to sensible risk communication—and sensible preparedness.

Jan 31, 2007

Jan 31, 2007

The fog of pandemic planning

Next week the Center for Infectious Disease Research and Policy hosts the second national summit on business preparedness and pandemic influenza. I have the opportunity to address 300 or more business, government, and community leaders who will convene for the common purpose of better preparing the business world for the next pandemic.

Feb 05, 2007

Feb 05, 2007

2007 SUMMIT COVERAGE: Business recognition of pandemic threat said to be rising

(CIDRAP News) – Orlando, FL – Corporate America is showing signs of a growing recognition of the threat of an influenza pandemic, but the concern is not yet a major topic in executive suites, according to recent surveys by a business consultant.

Feb 06, 2007

Feb 06, 2007

2007 SUMMIT COVERAGE: CDC chief calls pandemic preparedness a marathon

(CIDRAP News) – Orlando, FL – Julie Gerberding, MD, director of the Centers for Disease Control and Prevention (CDC), today challenged health and business leaders to stay focused on the "marathon" of preparing for an influenza pandemic.

Gerberding, speaking at a conference on business preparedness, said it's not possible to maintain high public interest in the pandemic threat indefinitely, but leaders must keep preparing anyway.

Feb 07, 2007

Feb 07, 2007

'Might help a lot, might help a little, might not help at all--and worth trying!'

There are no perfect pandemic precautions. We need to say so—and push hard for imperfect precautions.

If you've been following the pandemic preparedness issue, here are some things you already know:

Feb 07, 2007

Proposed US budget boosts pandemic readiness, stalls biodefense capacity

(CIDRAP News) – The Bush administration's new budget proposes adding funds for pandemic preparedness while cutting some support for bioterrorism and local preparedness, drawing mixed reviews from national public health groups.

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