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September 2, 2009

H1N1: I never promised you a rose garden

Filed under: Biosecurity — by Philip J. Palin on September 2, 2009

On September 1 there was a White House afternoon meeting focused on H1N1.   It was a gorgeous day in DC.  After the meeting the President offered some comments to the media in the Rose Garden. 

In my judgment his most helpful comments were,

And most importantly we need everyone to get informed about individual risk factors, and we need everyone to take the common-sense steps that we know can make a difference. Stay home if you’re sick. Wash your hands frequently. Cover your sneezes with your sleeve, not your hands. And take all the necessary precautions to stay healthy. I know it sounds simple, but it’s important and it works. Finally, for people who want to learn more about this virus, please go to www.flu.gov, or talk to your doctor.

It is a good example of management discipline that the President brought together his generals:  Napolitano, Brennan, the secretaries of Education, Commerce, Health and Human Services and the CDC Director as the influenza “battle season” begins.  If any other more specific purpose was being advanced, no one is  telling me.

(Politico has a video of the Rose Garden remarks (after an annoying ad).)

(YouTube: Lynne Anderson singing, I Never Promised You a Rose Garden)

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1 Comment »

Comment by William R. Cumming

September 2, 2009 @ 3:46 pm

Another example of Administration officials reading this Blog! It was pointed out that http://www.flu.gov operated by CDC was the appropriate website for Emergency Public Information not the sometimes useful but less so on this subject http://www.ready.gov of DHS. Thanks for referring the public to the more up-to-date site that understands people may live or die based on the information dessiminated.
The issue of innoculation of the medical profession and medical responders showing up to assist has been addressed in part by the STATE of Maine with an Executive Order allowing all first responders (FIRE SERVICE) to be deputized and trained to help vaccinate. This surge of personnel should have been accomplished earlier and not as an emergency procedure but hey better late than never.

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