Pandemic preparedness

Effect Measure

Category archives for Pandemic preparedness

It really gives me heartburn to see an otherwise sensible article in AOLNews by Katie Drummond with a headline: “Hyping H1N1: Did It Create a Dangerous Flu Fatigue?” I don’t know if that was her title or not. Newspapers have headline writers who often seem never to have read the piece they are headlining, but…

Fire in the hole: Wolfgang Wodarg and WHO

The Reveres have written many posts about the World Health Organization in five years. Some just reported on their activities, others, as seemed appropriate, were critical or praised them. WHO operates in a difficult landscape under rules of engagement not well suited to fighting an enemy that recognizes neither national borders nor national sovereignties and…

It was some time after the pandemics of 1957 and 1968 that we were able to judge their severity and it will likely be some time after this one has finally burned itself out, most likely to become “just another” seasonal flu, that we will be able to gauge the 2009 swine flu pandemic. A…

Another swine flu virus

There is an old vaudeville joke where a man goes to the doctor complaining about pain in his arm: Doctor: Have you ever had it before? Man: Yes, once before. Doctor: Well, you have it again. CDC reported on their weekly FluView website on Friday that the Iowa Department of Public Health (IDPH) reported to…

WHO prepares to don a hair shirt

The finger pointing and the told-you-so-ers are out in force these days and WHO seems to be one of their targets. In the face of wealthy European countries cutting their swine flu vaccine orders because of limited demand, critics are claiming that WHO exaggerated the threat in league with or under the influence of Big…

New York Times correspondent Don McNeil is an excellent medical reporter. He always asks intelligent questions at the CDC pressers and he writes good articles. And he’s written one for The Times yesterday that I agree with, although his support for it seems to me less than objective. In essence he asked the country’s flu…

Swine flu: (unfinished) story of the year

It’s the end of the calendar year and the traditional time the media looks back on “the biggest stories of the year.” There are websites about almost any subject (even one on a particular model of running shoe, I am told), but those of us who write specialized blogs (as opposed to ones about politics…

CDC’s 2009 flu wrap up presser

Yesterday CDC had its last press conference of this calendar year on the flu pandemic (.mp3 here). CDC’s Anne Schuchat did her usual competent job and was generally upbeat while trying to maintain the need for urgency in the vaccination campaign. She cited numbers of over 100 million swine flu and 100 million seasonal flu…

The chutzpah of Senator Collins

Irony isn’t dead. But it’s on a ventilator. No wait. There aren’t enough ventilators. So maybe it’s just having labored breathing. From February 9:

Mild pandemic? Bite your tongue.

A spot-on column in CIDRAP Business Source [subscription] by Center for Infectious Disease Research and Policy’s (CIDRAP) Director, Mike Osterholm, reminded me to say something I’ve wanted to say for a long time. We should banish the word “mild” from the influenza lexicon. There’s no such thing as a mild case of influenza, any more…