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  •  Your right! (2+ / 0-)
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    Deward Hastings, LWelsch

    This has developed into a panic over very little. The WHO and the CDC basically blew it on this one. They didn't have nearly enough GOOD solid data from Mexico before pushing the PANIC button on their alert system. Plus, they didn't explain that a % on the WHO scale only refers to SPREAD not SEVERITY. The media wasn't any help either. They made this sound like it was 1918 all over again. They live off of these kinds of stories and they immediately go to the worst case, and in this case that has caused a lot of unnecessary FEAR.

    Now looking back you can already see the Career bureaucrats that run these agencies going into full CYA mode.

    "It's better to die on your feet then live on your knees" E. Zapata

    by Blutodog on Sun May 03, 2009 at 09:08:21 AM PDT

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    •  didn't "blow it" (2+ / 0-)
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      Abra Crabcakeya, Oh Mary Oh

      Waiting for the "good data" = too late.  If this was the killer pandemic, we would all be crying bloody murder that the CDC and WHO did nothing.

      Look at the graphs.  Early overreaction is key.  Waiting is deadly.  This flu is a relatively novel strain, and The CDC and WHO would be woefully negligent if they just sat back an assumed it would act like the normal flu.

      And if this thing comes back as a killer strain in the fall?  Guess what, the CDC and WHO has put us on a much better footing to combat it.

      We should recognize that the CDC and WHO are in a Catch-22 situation.  

      •  Not my point (1+ / 0-)
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        My compliant is how they handled the alerts. They did a POOR job IMO of making it very very clear that a level 5 alert had nothing to do with SEVERITY. Most reasonable viewers came to the immediate conclusion this meant SEVERITY not just Spread or Transmission status. For example you have schools being closed with no reported cases just because the admins. thinks this is like Avian flu or the plague. Did any of these people bother to read what a Level 5 pandemic alert really means? My guess is probably not, instead of stopping and thinking they immediately reacted as if it meant just that. This is my pt. about causing panic. The general public isn't in a panic, it's increasingly parts of the various bureaucracies out here, that are.

        "It's better to die on your feet then live on your knees" E. Zapata

        by Blutodog on Sun May 03, 2009 at 02:18:42 PM PDT

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    •  that's just wrong (5+ / 0-)

      what actually happened is that CDC and other officials were explaining what they were doing every day in a transparent manner. Everyone could follow it. There's been few missteps (see Biden) and precious little backtracking. And there's been calm support from the public.

      You and a handful of commenters have been hysterical, no one else.

      "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 May 03, 2009 at 01:33:25 PM PDT

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