3 weeks in – cases in the UK

27 Nov

By this stage, human cases of swine influenza A/H1N1 have been reported in many countries including the UK (Scotland). WHO has raised the pandemic alert level to Phase 4. This indicates that the likelihood of a pandemic has increased, but not that a pandemic is inevitable.

What do you think about…?

1. If antivirals and vaccines are/will be available, how do we identify priority groups, how best to communicate with them and how best to deliver them?
2. If the pandemic takes off, what resources are likely to be needed to deal with the consequences and who might supply them? Note: in this scenario, some of the ‘priority groups’ will be those who can help maintain public order and essential services.
3. At what point do you think about cancelling public events to minimise spread of disease and how do you manage communication to minimise panic?
4. As a healthcare professional should you address false information or engage with patients on social media? What are the implications either way?


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