What does the bump to phase 5 mean for your business now?

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first_img(CIDRAP Business Source Osterholm Briefing) – After seeing the pandemic alert level sit at phase 3 for years, suddenly witnessing the World Health Organization (WHO) accelerate from phase 3 to phase 5 in mere days feels terribly unnerving. Unfortunately, it’s the nature of the beast—literally.Influenza viruses are notoriously unpredictable. And now this novel swine-origin virus is proving the case I’ve tried to make for years. If you haven’t already done so, activate your pandemic plan now. All your preparations, your tabletops exercises, your months of meeting and revising and refining are about to prove of great value. If you don’t have a plan, I urge you to move quickly to do as much as you can to get ready.That said, here’s what bears repeating: This virus remains unpredictable. It may surge ahead into a deadly pandemic in days, weeks, or months. Then again, it may fizzle out completely. Or it could disappear for a while, then return in a few months with a vengeance. We all need to practice these words: We just don’t know.Changing to the most useful mindsetProbably the hardest part of this pandemic phase is helping your employees make a psychological adjustment. Panic is a waste of energy. And ignoring the warnings is foolhardy. In other words, this phase is a big deal. Period. No getting around it. Time to get used to that idea.International risk communication consultant, Peter M. Sandman, PhD, Deputy Editor of CIDRAP Business Source, has some useful observations about how the US government has been handling communications with the public. He credits officials from the Centers for Disease Control and Prevention (CDC) for being candid about the facts, though he’d like to see them urge people to make more individual preparations. Still, the gold standard of crisis communication, he says, “is to say alarming things in a calm tone.” Richard Besser, MD, CDC’s acting director, is doing exactly that.That’s an excellent takeaway message for the business community. Be candid and don’t back off from explaining the full range of possibilities. Employees need to understand that coping with the outbreak could be more like a marathon than a sprint.Encourage your employees to do somethingNow is the time to remind employees to take care of their household’s needs: extra food, water, prescription medications, a full tank of gas in the car, and, if possible, cash in their wallets. For both logistical and psychological reasons, everybody should be asked to take action, not simply “cover their cough and watch while the authorities cope,” to quote Peter. It’s much more “calming to prepare.”How will CIDRAP Source help you?We’re just at the beginning of phase 5 and much is still unclear—vaccine manufacturing, when to deploy antivirals, supply-chain issues, and more. We’re watching these developments closely and using our expertise to translate complicated healthcare and scientific information into authoritative, reliable intelligence you can use.To that end, you can expect to receive:Osterholm Briefings, when I can give you helpful context or interpretation or I’m hearing the same question coming from multiple business leadersOsterholm Briefing Updates, which will give you the latest-breaking newsAlerts, when a new development requires immediate actionFor now, we’re going to pay special attention to the categories of Employee Protection, Government Watch, and Communication. We know that you are trying to sort through chaotic messages coming from media outlets that have suddenly taken an interest in what looks to be an emerging pandemic. So we will stay focused on what the latest developments mean to business. And we’ll keep the communication succinct.Expect to see updates like this:Dr. Margaret Chan, head of the WHO, today raised the agency’s pandemic alert level to phase 5, one notch below a full-scale influenza pandemic, signaling that it’s time for all countries to prepare. [Margaret Chan’s statement]The CDC today reported a total of 91 confirmed cases of swine flu in 10 states, with 51 cases in New York City. Besides New York, affected states and case numbers are Arizona, 1; California, 14; Indiana, 1; Kansas, 2; Massachusetts, 2; Michigan, 2; Nevada, 1; Ohio, 1, and Texas, 16. [CDC swine flu page]WHO said it knew of 148 confirmed swine flu cases in nine countries as of 18:00 GMT today. These included 13 in Canada, 91 (with 1 death) in the United States, 26 (with 7 deaths) in Mexico, 2 in Israel, 4 in Spain, 5 in the United Kingdom, 3 in New Zealand, 1 in Austria, and 3 in Germany.A 22-month-old boy from Mexico City died in a Houston, Tex., hospital earlier this week, marking the first swine flu death in the United States and the first outside Mexico, the Texas Department of Health Services (TDHS) reported today. The boy’s close contacts have remained healthy, officials said. [TDHS news release]Germany reported three swine flu cases and Austria reported one, according to a Reuters report today. The patients included a Bavarian couple in their 30s, a 22-year-old woman from Hamburg, and a 28-year-old Austrian.New York and Indiana have received their full allotments of influenza antivirals from the Strategic National Stockpile, and all other states will receive theirs by May 3, Dr. Richard Besser, acting CDC director, said in a press briefing held by the US Department of Health and Human Services (HHS).A “reference strain” of the swine flu H1N1 virus has been isolated by the CDC and sent to vaccine manufacturers, Dr. Anthony Fauci, director of the National Institute of Allergy and Infectious Diseases, said at the HHS briefing, adding that limited pilot lots of vaccine could be available for human trials in “early fall.”The US Food and Drug Administration (FDA) has organized its swine-flu response into an “incident management” structure of seven teams—vaccine, antivirals, personal protective equipment, blood needs, diagnostic research, shortages, and consumer protection—acting FDA Commissioner Dr. Joshua Sharfstein said at the HHS briefing.Only 3 of 14 US swine flu patients with known travel histories had been in Mexico, the CDC said in an MMWR Dispatch last night. Forty of the 64 confirmed cases were not linked to travel or to another confirmed case. [Apr 28 MMWR Dispatch]Between Apr 19 and 27, federal officials checked 15 sick travelers entering the United States from Mexico and confirmed that 2 of them had swine flu, the CDC said in the MMWR Dispatch. Nine travelers remained in isolation pending further evaluation, and four travelers were released.Bottom line for businessPut your plans into action. Help your employees make a critical psychological shift and prepare their households. And stay tuned.last_img read more


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first_img ‘He fits very well in the team and we have to play with his qualities. ‘Kelechi is a very good striker and we can use him for the rest of the season.’ Vardy has missed only two league matches this term, against West Ham and Newcastle, and will undoubtedly be missed, despite Iheanacho’s impressive cameos during the campaign. Rodgers will make significant changes for tomorrow’s/Saturday’s FA Cup fourth-round tie at Brentford, with his key men given a breather for Tuesday’s winner-takes-all clash at Villa Park, for a place in the Final. Read Also:Westwood’s late strike helps Burnley stun Iheanacho’s Leicester Leicester are also in he market for a new centre-back and a wide forward before the transfer window closes on January 31. FacebookTwitterWhatsAppEmail分享 Promoted Content11 Most Immersive Game To Play On Your Table TopWhich Country Is The Most Romantic In The World?9 Facts You Should Know Before Getting A TattooBest & Worst Celebrity Endorsed Games Ever MadeWho Is The Most Powerful Woman On Earth?5 Of The World’s Most Unique Theme Parks7 Universities Where Getting An Education Costs A Hefty Penny6 Most Overpowered Live Action Disney CharactersTop 10 Most Populated Cities In The WorldTop 9 Rarest And Most Valuable Items In The World18 Cities With Neverending Tourist-FlowBoys Deserve More Than Action-Hero Role Models Youri Tielemans has raised a voice in support of Super Eagles forward, Kelechi Iheanacho, saying that he has the quality to grab a permanet shirt and replace injured Jamie Vardy in the Leicester City first team. LONDON, ENGLAND – DECEMBER 28: Kelechi Iheanacho of Leicester celebrates after the Premier League match between West Ham United and Leicester City at London Stadium on December 28, 2019 in London, United Kingdom. (Photo by Michael Regan/Getty Images) Tielemans insists Leicester have the players to handle being without Premier League top scorer Vardy. Vardy was forced off with what Foxes boss, Brendan Rodgers said was a glute injury late in the first half of Wednesday’s 4-1 win over West Ham, with further tests conducted yesterday/on Thursday. The 33-year-old was replaced by Kelechi Iheanacho, who can expect to lead the line against Aston Villa in next week’s Carabao Cup semi-final second leg, unless Vardy makes a lightning recovery. Tielemans said: ‘We know Jamie is maybe a bit different. He has his type of play but Kelechi performed very well and has his qualities as well.center_img Loading… last_img read more


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first_imgWARSAW, Poland – U.N. climate talks went into overtime on Friday as rich and poor nations butted heads over who should be doing what to stave off dangerous planet warming.Exhausted negotiators and ministers meeting in Warsaw geared for another late-night struggle to try to forge an ambitious climate pact, which must be signed in Paris by December 2015.Nations remained deeply divided, delegates said. They argued over apportioning carbon emissions curbs that will limit global warming to a safer 2.0 degrees Celsius (3.6 Fahrenheit), and over funding for climate-vulnerable poor countries.“It is indeed one sleepless night in front of us, but we are still hoping to close the meeting as soon as possible,” said Polish Deputy Environment Minister Beata Jaczewska, whose country has hosted the 11-day parlay.Gathering delegates from more than 190 nations, the annual negotiations are meant to lay the groundwork for a historic deal by the end of 2015 that will brake the climate juggernaut.“If we don’t succeed in Paris, the chances of us meeting the goal of limiting global warming to 2.0 degrees Celsius will be limited, or none,” French Development Minister Pascal Canfin told negotiators.With bureaucrats unlikely to reach agreement on the outstanding issues by Friday’s scheduled close, “there’s going to have to be a political package negotiated by ministers sometime tonight or more likely tomorrow morning,” said Alden Meyer of the U.S.-based Union of Concerned Scientists.A major sticking point was the demand by some developing nations like China and India, their growth fuelled by fossil-fuel combustion, for guarantees of less onerous emissions curbs compared to wealthy nations.In hotly disputed language, some want the new deal to impose “commitments” on the West and seek only “actions” from emerging economies.The issue led to Europe and a group of developing economies trading barbs on Friday evening.European climate commissioner Connie Hedegaard accused a group of “like-minded” countries of opposing a “push” towards the 2015 deal by insisting on the rich-poor country firewall.“It is not acceptable to the European Union, but I also think to really many others,” she told journalists.A group calling itself the Like-Minded Developing Countries, which includes China and India as well as Pakistan, Malaysia, the Philippines, Saudi Arabia and Venezuela, took issue with what they called this “brazen attack.”“The EU chief is responsible for damaging seriously the atmosphere of confidence and trust in this process,” said Venezuelan climate envoy Claudia Salerno, who claimed to speak on the group’s behalf.As emissions has been continuing to grow year after year, developing nations say their developed counterparts must have more responsibility for curbs given their long history of fossil-fuel combustion.The West, though, insists emerging economies must do their fair share, considering that China is now the world’s biggest emitter of CO2, with India in fourth place after the United States and Europe.Funding crunchAnother point of disagreement is finance.Developing nations insist that wealthy nations must show how they intend to keep their promise to ramp up climate aid to $100 billion (74 billion euros) by 2020, up from $10 billion a year from 2010-12.Still struggling with an economic crisis, however, the developed world is wary of unveiling a detailed long-term funding plan at this stage.The funding crunch lies at the heart of another issue bedevilling the talks: demands by developing countries for a mechanism to help them deal with future losses from climate impacts they say are too late to avoid.Rich nations fear this would amount to signing a blank check for never-ending liability.Roadmap to 2015As for a roadmap that the United States, Europe and some others had expected to emerge from Warsaw, U.S. envoy Todd Stern said Friday that countries should ideally submit their initial emissions-cutting offers by about the first quarter of 2015.But a draft negotiating text made no mention of any timeframe.On current emissions trends, scientists warn the Earth could face warming of 4.0 C or higher over pre-industrial levels – a recipe for catastrophic storms, droughts, floods and land-gobbling sea-level rise that would hit poor countries disproportionally hard.On Thursday, environment and developmental observer groups walked out, saying the talks had produced little more than hot air since opening on Nov. 11, and were “on track to deliver virtually nothing.”But there were some positives.Jaczewska announced the U.N.’s Adaptation Fund, which helps poor countries deal with the effects of climate change, had received pledges of $100 million, “more than expected.”Other progress was seen in the design of a programme called REDD+, aimed at encouraging wealthy nations to fund forestation in poor countries. Facebook Comments No related posts.last_img read more