Emergency Preparedness

Health Officials Begin to Ease Public Alerts About Swine Flu (New York Times, May 5, 2009) Closing schools once a student falls ill with no longer be worth the toll on students and families, because the illness will soon be present almost everywhere in the country and few cases have been severe, federal health authorities say. (Registration required)

Worry? Relax? Buy Face Mask? Answers on Flu (New York Times, May 5, 2009) Confused abo? It’s no wonder, with all the seemingly mixed messages coming out of health agencies and news organizations. (Registration required)
10 Genes, Furiously Evolving (New York Times, May 5, 2009) Evolutionary biology may sometimes seem like an arcane academic pursuit, but just try telling that to Gavin Smith, a virologist at Hong Kong University. (Registration required)
ay, May 5, 2009) Some of the nation’s largest prison systems have ended visitation and quarantined at-risk inmates to block the spread of swine flu, state and federal officials said Monday.
Swine Flu Could Shine Glaring Light on Uninsured (New York Times, May 5, 2009 shine a glaring light on the best and worst about American-style health care. (Registration required)
Amid swine flu, sales of antiviral drugs surging (Boston Globe, May 5, 2009) Americans frightened by the swine flu are snapping up two antiviral medicines that treat the virus, whether they have it or not. (Registration required)
Fears of a deadly outbreak abate as swine flu virus gains foothold (Boston Globe, May 5, 2009) When a novel flu virus emerged from a dusty Mexican village, disease investigators feared a global killer was on the loose: Two weekends ago, adults and children were falling ill by the hundreds in Mexico City, and reports of more than 100 deaths drew parallels to the lethal flu pandemic of 1918. (Registration required)
What You Can Do About Flu (Washington Post, May 5, 2009) As new swine flu cases continue to be reported, what precautions are recommended for individuals and families? (Registration required)
Businesses Prepare Flu Plans: Disinfect And Telecommute (Washington Post, May 5, 2009 in McLean, an emergency operations center has been opened with large monitors hanging on the wall tracking the progress of swine flu. (Registration required)
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(New York Times, May 5, 2009) Medical experts are calling the new influenza virus A(H1N1), but for many Mexicans it is simply a scarlet A. (Registration required)
The Cost of Staying Home Sick (Editorial, New York Times, May 5, 2009) It sounded like the responsible course of action when President Obama and the Centers for Disease Control and Prevention urged people with flu symptoms to stay at home so they do not infect others in the community — and to keep any sick children out of school as well. (Registration required)
U.S. May Add Shots for Swine Flu to Fall Regimen (Washington Post, May 6, 2009) The Obama administration is considering an unprecedented fall vaccination campaign that could entail giving Americans three flu shots — one to combat annual seasonal influenza and two targeted at the new swine flu virus spreading across the globe. (Registration required)
Post, May 6, 2009) Against the advice of our vice president, I have braved the germ-infested world, forced into transit by prior commitments and surrounded by strangers who may not recently have washed their hands. (Registration required)
New swine flu concern going forward: Drug resistance (USA Today, May 6, 2009) Fear of swine flu in the early days of the outbreak sent people racing to grab up antiviral drugs just to feel safe, and that has caused concern among experts who worry about the virus developing drug resistance.
·      Post, May 6, 2009) U.S. health officials yesterday retracted a recommendation that schools close for as long as two weeks if a student catches

swine flu, a move that reflecing (Wall Street Journal, May 6, 2009) A woman living near the Mexican border in south Texas became the second person in the U.S. to die of a new strain of flu, as the virus causing it continued to spread around the globe.