News & Perspective

May 14, 2010

May 14, 2010

Your lessons are in the headlines: What oil spills, volcanoes, and car bombs teach us about preparedness and continuity planning

Daily headlines and newscasts this past month remind us that Mother Earth can be a risky place to live. I'm referring, of course, to the Gulf of Mexico oil spill, the Icelandic volcano, and a botched vehicle bombing, and while these phenomena are not connected by any obvious plot line, they are vivid teachable moments for our governments and organizations.

Apr 22, 2010

Apr 22, 2010

H1N1 lessons have been learned, but will they stick?

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?

Apr 02, 2010

Apr 02, 2010

ALERT: What to make of the current regional uptick in H1N1 activity in Southeastern states

Recent novel H1N1 influenza developments in the Southeastern region of the United States merit your attention. They're prime examples of why we must vigilantly expect the unexpected.

Mar 25, 2010

Mar 25, 2010

Understanding the real impact of the novel H1N1 influenza pandemic: Why your colleagues need to know

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?

Mar 24, 2010

Mar 24, 2010

Business experts share pandemic lessons learned

(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.

Mar 04, 2010

Mar 04, 2010

Looking forward and behind: What's at stake right now with H1N1?

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?

Feb 16, 2010

Feb 16, 2010

Study links pandemic spread to gaps in paid sick leave

(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.

Feb 12, 2010

Feb 12, 2010

Report: For biodefense, US needs closer ties to industry

(CIDRAP News) – The US government needs much closer collaboration with private industry—like the arrangements used in building aircraft carriers and putting men on the moon—in order to improve the nation's medical defenses against biological, chemical, radiological, and nuclear threats, says a report from a federal advisory panel.

Feb 04, 2010

Feb 04, 2010

Dispatch from Davos: It's what I didn't hear that concerns me

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 telling—and troubling.

Jan 21, 2010

Jan 21, 2010

The H1N1 pandemic: The next chapter

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.

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