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  •  Wow...Doctors and nurses come to mind (1+ / 0-)
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    Ellinorianne

    How do you "manufacture" doctors and nurses for that kind of surge?

    You can't exactly build them on an assembly line and you can't put them into storage when things get better.

    Do any other countries address this issue differently?

    It does seem that home care, quarantine, and vaccine are likely to be the only feasible approaches.

    And that's just the health care side.

    Imagine a highly infectious flu breaking out in a police precinct house.  Given the normal chain of contacts, a city's services could seriously compromised.

    Ouch ouch ouch ouch.

    Free speech? Yeah, I've heard of that. Have you?

    by dinotrac on Sun Feb 10, 2008 at 07:58:19 AM PST

    •  here's the bad news (0+ / 0-)

      we're pretty much ahead of other countries.

      "Politics is the art of looking for trouble, finding it everywhere, diagnosing it incorrectly and applying the wrong remedies." - Groucho Marx

      by Greg Dworkin on Sun Feb 10, 2008 at 09:11:20 AM PST

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      •  Not encouraging. (0+ / 0-)

        In the jet age, a pandemic could go international in a hurry.

        I could imagine a series of agreements by which member nations bulked up enough, not to meet a surge, but to join with other's in fighting a member nation's surge.

        IOW, perhaps the US, Canada, Mexico, whomever, could combine their excess resources to help Germany, etc.  

        But..

        That would require some sort of effective firewalling, quarantine or what have you and,

        even that doesn't work unless EVERYBODY's made preparations.

        Free speech? Yeah, I've heard of that. Have you?

        by dinotrac on Sun Feb 10, 2008 at 09:29:28 AM PST

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