What have we learned during the past year regarding our encounter with novel H1N1 and the first influenza pandemic of the 21st century? How much will we remember of what we learned? And will the lessons learned make any lasting changes within our organizations?
In a few weeks, we will have lived through the first year of the first influenza pandemic of the 21st century. For many of us who have spent a great deal of our professional (and personal) time responding to this pandemic, the anniversary of its recognition will likely result in mixed, if not contradictory, feelings. Where did the last year go?
(CIDRAP News) With pandemic flu activity declining over the past few months, businesses have a chance to retool some of their response plans, while many grapple with issues such as protective equipment shelf life and how to protect employees when pandemic or seasonal flu returns, corporate executives said today at a webinar.
So, is the H1N1 pandemic over or just taking a break? What should you tell your organization about the days ahead? What can you say about a possible a third wave of illness or even what to expect with seasonal influenza?
(CIDRAP News) Employees without paid sick days were more likely to work when they were sick during the peak of the fall pandemic wave and may have extended the outbreak by infecting their coworkers, according to a research group.
(CIDRAP News) The US government needs much closer collaboration with private industrylike the arrangements used in building aircraft carriers and putting men on the moonin order to improve the nation's medical defenses against biological, chemical, radiological, and nuclear threats, says a report from a federal advisory panel.
I had the good fortune of participating last week in the 40th annual meeting of the World Economic Forum (WEF) in Davos, Switzerland. Spending 5 days in close quarters with 2,000 world leaders from government, business, academia, and the arts was an eye-opener. But as I've reflected on the experience, I realize it's what I didn't see (or hear) that may be most tellingand troubling.
Only 3 months ago, here in the United States and many parts of the Northern Hemisphere we were experiencing the peak case occurrence of the second wave of the novel H1N1 influenza pandemic. Fearful parents were scrambling to find the precious few doses of vaccine available in their communities.