Tuesday, April 13, 2010

What We Learned From H1N1's First Year

This article by Richard Wenzel of the Virginia Commonwealth University discusses what we learned in the past year about H1N1. It brings up some interesting points, like the discrepancy in recommendations about masks, reducing risk of transmission, and community mitigation strategies.
It is not an easy task, but our public health authorities need to become clearer about the lexicon of uncertainty.
And Wenzel ends the article with a reality and a call to action:
But the struggle between people and pathogens is a part of life itself. We cannot continue to be surprised every time a new virus emerges. Instead, we must use the lessons we’ve learned during the year since H1N1 arrived to develop more effective public health responses.

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