Stay calm, it’s only a PANdemIC

WHO finally called it, based upon widespread community transmission. In this time of global uncertainty, there are few things we can count on. Among them: more quotes from Dr. Michael Osterholm, and repeated references to prior pandemics that occurred in the pre-antibiotic or pre-antiviral eras.

On a related front, SHEA has drafted a position statement on control of the novel H1N1 in healthcare facilities, calling for the CDC to adopt guidance similar to that now adopted by WHO and by many state public health departments (we’ve touched in this before). A letter was sent today, along with the position statement, to the directors of CDC and OSHA.


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