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 April 5, 2020 Associated Press Former FIBA Secretary General Patrick Baumann is also headed to the Hall. He was selected as a direct-elect by the international committee.INDYCAR-VIRTUAL RACINGMcLaughlin wins virtual IndyCar event racing from AustraliaUNDATED (AP) — Australian V8 SuperCars champion Scott McLaughlin has won IndyCar’s second virtual race.McLaughlin and NASCAR’s seven-time champion Jimmie Johnson were invited guests by IndyCar to participate in the iRacing Series meant to entertain fans during the stoppage due to the coronavirus. He beat Team Penske teammate and fellow Aussie Will Power in Saturday’s race from virtual Barber Motorsports Park in Alabama. Share This StoryFacebookTwitteremailPrintLinkedinRedditVIRUS OUTBREAK-SPORTSPresident lauds sports leagues, players in handling of coronavirusUNDATED (AP) — The White House says the president spoke with commissioners of the country’s sports leagues in a conference call Saturday and told them he recognizes “the good work being done by many teams and players” to care for their communities and fans dealing with the new coronavirus. Update on the latest sports — The president is reassuring Little League baseball players that they should be playing the game again soon. Little League president and CEO Stephen Keener reassured that the players would be back soon. Little League has suspended activities until mid-May, when the situation will be assessed, according to its website.— A Serbian soccer player has been sentenced to three months of home detention for flouting a curfew imposed to curb the spread of coronavirus. The 29-year-old striker (Aleksandar Prijovic) who plays for Saudi Arabian club Al-Ittihad pleaded guilty at a video link trial in Belgrade on Saturday. Police had arrested him and 19 others for gathering at a hotel lobby bar in Belgrade on Friday and violating the country’s 5 p.m. to 5 a.m. lockdown orders. He is the second Serbian soccer player to be caught violating the stay-at-home orders. Those who violate the restrictive measures could face up to three years in jail.— The Spanish league and players are still far apart on the size of the salary cuts. The league is trying to reduce the financial impact caused by the outbreak, but players say the organization wants them to carry nearly half the total losses. The league and the players’ association have been in talks to try to find ways to mitigate losses that could reach about $1.08 billion if the season cannot be restarted because of the pandemic. Players have said they are willing to reduce their salaries, but not as much as the league or the clubs want.— English Premier League soccer players have rejected a move by clubs to cut their wages by 30% during the coronavirus pandemic. The stance from the union followed talks involving clubs and the leagues. Liverpool and fellow 2019 Champions League finalist Tottenham have announced that some non-playing staff will be furloughed since the competition has been indefinitely suspended.BASKETBALL HALL OF FAME Kobe, Duncan, Garnett headline Basketball Hall of Fame classUNDATED (AP) — Kobe Bryant’s resume has yet another entry to prove his greatness. He’s now officially a Hall of Famer.Bryant and fellow NBA greats Tim Duncan and Kevin Garnett headline a nine-person group announced Saturday as this year’s class of enshrinees into the Naismith Memorial Basketball Hall of Fame. They got into the Hall in their first year of eligibility, as did WNBA great Tamika Catchings.Two-time NBA champion coach Rudy Tomjanovich (tahm-JAHN’-oh-vich), longtime Baylor women’s coach Kim Mulkey, 1,000-game winner Barbara Stevens of Bentley and three-time Final Four coach Eddie Sutton were also selected.All eight finalists who were announced in February were chosen to get in by the panel of 24 voters. The White House says the commissioners thanked the president for his “national leadership and for his interest in the sports industry.” He called on them to continue efforts to support their fellow Americans during the current challenge. A wide range of sports league officials participated in the call, including NFL commissioner Roger Goodell and NBA commissioner Adam Silver.The NBA, NHL, NFL and Major League Baseball were all represented by their commissioners — Adam Silver, Gary Bettman, Roger Goodell and Rob Manfred, respectively. None of those leagues released public comment about the call.A person with direct knowledge of what was discussed on the call said Trump believes the NFL season will start on time on Sept. 10 with fans in seats.A second person with knowledge of the call said some commissioners, Silver included, stressed to Trump that they are working on season-resumption plans but cautioned that nothing can move forward without clearance from public health officials.In other news related to the coronavirus pandemic: McLaughlin was scheduled to make his IndyCar debut for Team Penske on the road course at Indianapolis Motor Speedway in May before the race was postponed because of the coronavirus outbreak.OBIT-HONDURAS-CALLEJASEx-Honduran leader caught in FIFA scandal dies in U.S.MEXICO CITY (AP) — A former president of Honduras convicted in the FIFA (FEE’-fuh) soccer bribery scandal has died in the United States. Rafael Callejas (ky-YAY’-guhs) governed Honduras from 1990 to 1994, but he was better known for soliciting hundreds of thousands of dollars in bribes in the wide-ranging FIFA soccer scandal over lucrative broadcast rights. The 76-year-old Callejas pleaded guilty in 2016 and was reportedly being held at a prison in Atlanta when he died Saturday.He pleaded guilty to racketeering conspiracy and wire fraud conspiracy in a New York federal court. He said he distributed a significant portion of his bribes to delegates of the Honduran soccer federation so he could remain its president, a position he held from 2002 to last August.,Tampa Bay Lightning advance to face Dallas Stars in Stanley Cup finals, beating New York Islanders 2-1 in OT in Game 6last_img read more


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first_imgAdvertisementTrevor Booker is nearing agreement on a contract with the Shanxi Brave Dragons of the Chinese Basketball Association, Alex Kennedy of HoopsHype.com reports.A couple of months ago during annual youth basketball camp, he seemed perfectly willing to go anywhere for his next career stop.“Wherever welcomes me, I’ll be happy to go,” Booker said.Booker confirmed on Wednesday that he has agreed to a deal with the Shanxi Brave Dragons of the Chinese Basketball Association. That team is based in Taiyuan, China.Booker hasn’t generated much interest in free agency from NBA teams this summer, so he appears poised to head overseas for the first time in his career in an attempt to showcase himself for a potential return to North America next spring. The 30-year-old suited up in 68 regular-season contests between the Nets, Pacers, and 76ers in 2017-18, averaging 6.3 points, 4.7 rebounds, and 1.2 assists in 17.0 minutes per contest.Also Read-NBA: Dallas Mavericks sign Donte Ingram to a deal Advertisementlast_img read more