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Jul 23, 2009

Jul 23, 2009

Attention: Battlefield mentality required to get through the upcoming influenza season

I bet most of you never thought that your workplace would demand the tools of the military battlefield, including the concept of anticipated casualties, to prepare for an inevitable microbial attack. Well, I'm convinced you will.

Jul 09, 2009

Jul 09, 2009

The early innings of the novel H1N1 pandemic: Keep your eye on the ball

It's summertime in America, Major League Baseball is about to celebrate its annual All-Star Game—and we are experiencing influenza activity throughout the world, including right here in North America. In my lifetime, a lineup featuring influenza and summer in this country is simply unprecedented, though hardly unexpected.

Jun 22, 2009

Jun 22, 2009

Congress approves $7.65 billion for pandemic flu response

(CIDRAP News) – Responding to lobbying by the Obama administration and public health advocates, Congress last week approved $7.65 billion for battling pandemic influenza, more than three times what the House and Senate had earlier proposed.

Jun 12, 2009

Jun 12, 2009

Pandemic declaration prompts CDC huddle with businesses

(CIDRAP News) – On the heels of yesterday's pandemic declaration by the World Health Organization (WHO), the US Centers for Disease Control and Prevention (CDC) today urged businesses to review their pandemic plans to make sure they're flexible enough to respond to a moderate or severe pandemic.

Jun 11, 2009

Jun 11, 2009

What does WHO pandemic declaration mean to your organization?

By raising its pandemic alert level to phase 6 today, The World Health Organization (WHO) has put every continent, country, organization, and individual on official notice. The critical wake-up call has sounded; no more pressing the pause button.

Jun 04, 2009

Jun 04, 2009

Novel H1N1 influenza: Lessons learned and yet to be learned

The irony is hard to miss. Much is being discussed and published about the "lessons learned" from the 2009 pandemic of the novel H1N1 influenza. And I expect the World Health Organization (WHO) will (as I did in my last column) finally call it a pandemic any moment now, based on extensive and growing transmission of the novel influenza virus in Australia and Europe.

May 21, 2009

May 21, 2009

Yes, it's a pandemic: Where do we go from here?

No, the World Health Organization (WHO) has not declared the novel H1N1 (swine) influenza outbreak a pandemic. It should. And it may. But your next steps need not depend on the WHO raising the pandemic alert level to phase 6. In fact, they shouldn't depend on it.

May 04, 2009

May 04, 2009

How soon can you expect phase 6, and what really changes when the phase does?

As the novel H1N1 influenza virus (aka the "swine flu") spreads to more countries and sickens more people, the question invariably arises, when will the World Health Organization (WHO) change the pandemic alert level to phase 6?

May 01, 2009

May 01, 2009

Straight talk on business travel, working smart, school closures, and realistic expectations

The media may have deflected their focused attention away from the novel H1N1 influenza virus (what they've called swine flu) for the moment, but I know you're still on high alert, and with good reason.

Apr 29, 2009

Apr 29, 2009

What does the bump to phase 5 mean for your business now?

After seeing the pandemic alert level sit at phase 3 for years, suddenly witnessing the World Health Organization (WHO) accelerate from phase 3 to phase 5 in mere days feels terribly unnerving. Unfortunately, it's the nature of the beast—literally.

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