For those of you in Canada, check this out tonight at 9.
BLACK DAWN: THE NEXT PANDEMIC
A fifth estate “What if…”
Wednesday, January 11th at 9:00 p.m. on CBC-TV
What would happen if the World Health Organization declared what has long been expected and feared: human-to-human transmission of the avian flu virus?
Black Dawn is a docudrama featuring leading epidemiologists, doctors and emergency planners who imagine the impact avian flu would have as it spreads around the globe. Some predict the coming pandemic will be more lethal than all of the world’s previous plagues. Black Dawn combines expert opinions with dramatic recreations to paint a starkly realistic picture of life during the next pandemic.
I got a sneak peek of the show. They address many of the things experts fear–hoarding of Tamiflu and similar drugs; overcrowded hospitals; how to control borders; personal preparedness; effects on the economy; vaccine manufacture; morgue space; how to take care of things we take for granted every day (banking, grocery shopping, garbage pick-up, etc.); even conspiracy theories regarding the spread of the virus. My only quibble is that they paint something of a worst-case scenario, bringing in the military and allowing “shoot to kill’ orders, etc.–a scenario which I suppose is possible, but hopefully highly unlikely. Overall, though, very good stuff.
Though the drama part of the “docudrama” takes place in Canada, it’s interspersed with expert commentary, and the problems they portray will be universal. Good show–check it out if you’re able.