WHO to Declare Level 6 Flu Pandemic

WHO to Declare Level 6 Flu Pandemic

President Barack Obama in his weekly radio address reiterated some of the administration’s recommendations, including asking schools with confirmed cases to close for up to 14 days, and urging businesses to let sick employees take all the sick days they need.

Many people in the Public Health field saw it coming since few weeks.  Yesterday Margaret Chan, director of the WHO via few selected interviews with the medias (the first since the outbreak of the 2009 H1N1).

Wall Street Journal

“There is a lot of misunderstanding in terms of fear and death,” Margaret Chan, the United Nations public health agency’s director-general, told the Wall Street Journal Sunday. “It doesn’t mean death in big numbers is going to happen.”


Once the disease begins spreading in a sustained way in other parts of the world, WHO protocols compel her to make the declaration, she told the Journal, even though the strain isn’t as deadly as most people tend to associate with the word “pandemic”.

In the Financial Times

The head of the World Health Organisation hit back at critics who have accused it of over-reaction to the swine flu crisis, warning it may return “with a vengeance” in the months ahead.

In her first extensive media interview since alerting the world to a potential flu pandemic nine days ago, Margaret Chan, the agency’s director-general, told the Financial Times that the end of the flu season in the northern hemisphere meant an initial outbreak could be milder but then a second wave more lethal, as happened in 1918.

“We hope the virus fizzles out, because if it doesn’t we are heading for a big outbreak.” But she said: “I’m not predicting the pandemic will blow up, but if I miss it and we don’t prepare, I fail. I’d rather over-prepare than not prepare.”

She stressed that a likely increase to the agency’s highest “level six” pandemic alert did not necessarily mean “every country and every individual will be affected” with many more deaths.

Rather “it is a signal to public health authorities to take appropriate measures” such as intensified disease surveillance.
http://www.ft.com/cms/s/0/e6260d9a-37d4-11de-9211-00144feabdc0.html

Then of course Market Watchers got the message

WHO reportedly prepares to declare pandemic
By Shawn Langlois, MarketWatch
Last update: 4:33 p.m. EDT May 3, 2009

http://www.ft.com/cms/s/0/e6260d9a-37d4-11de-9211-00144feabdc0.html
SAN FRANCISCO (MarketWatch) — The World Health Organization’s chief is reportedly on the brink of declaring the outbreak of a new strain of A/H1N1 swine flu a pandemic, though she said that doesn’t necessarily mean the disease is highly lethal or that it will hit the entire globe.

“There is a lot of misunderstanding in terms of fear and death,” Margaret Chan, the United Nations public health agency’s director-general, told the Wall Street Journal Sunday. “It doesn’t mean death in big numbers is going to happen.”
Once the disease begins spreading in a sustained way in other parts of the world, WHO protocols compel her to make the declaration, she told the Journal, even though the strain isn’t as deadly as most people tend to associate with the word “pandemic”.
Chan said that while the world overall is much better prepared for a pandemic than it was just a few years ago, many poor, developing countries remain particularly exposed.

In order to understand the Coherence od these measures refer to

http://www.dailykos.com/story/2009/5/2/727192/-H1N1:-Why-Do-Schools-Close,-And-When-Do-They-Open

L’OMS prête à passer au niveau 6 de son alerte at http://www.flutrackers.com/forum/showthread.php?t=102536

H1N1: Why Do Schools Close, And When Do They Open? at  http://www.flutrackers.com/forum/search.php?searchid=1233601&pp=25&page=2

“Los virus de la gripe son tramposos, no hay que confiarse” cf: http://www.elpais.com/articulo/sociedad/virus/gripe/tramposos/hay/confiarse/elpepusoc/20090504elpepisoc_3/Tes

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