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  •  yes (2+ / 0-)
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    Sounds like there is great value in medical "special forces" or "SWAT" teams that go in very quickly and make the best possible early assessment of risk to help all those decision makers around the world figure out where to draw the line.

    and CDC and WHO employ them. Right now, they are in Mexico and NYC.

    "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 Mon May 04, 2009 at 04:22:10 AM PDT

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    •  Seems like there is tremendous bang for buck (0+ / 0-)

      in:

      1. Giving those teams the support to expedite good information, and
      1.  Making sure decision makers understand why the recommendations are what they are.  That, of course, is done ongoing, not at the time of an outbreak, when everybody gets a little loopy.

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

      by dinotrac on Mon May 04, 2009 at 04:30:59 AM PDT

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      •  bingo (1+ / 0-)
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        we call it 'rebuilding public health infrastructure', a phrase you've likely seen used.

        "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 Mon May 04, 2009 at 05:41:10 AM PDT

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        •  The funny thing is, that some of it is cheap. (0+ / 0-)

          Small well-equipped teams with the resources they need probably costs a lot less than the country spends on aspirin in any given month.

          Disseminating information and clearly enunciating the reasoning behind well-thought-out recommendations has to be cheaper than willy nilly panic.

          We've certainly proven that you can spend a lot of money for spotty care.  Seems like a good time to show how being smart instead of stupid could improve both care and cost effectiveness.  And, of course, to be grateful that this flu outbreak looks to be a lot less dangerous than it initially appeared.

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

          by dinotrac on Mon May 04, 2009 at 06:49:45 AM PDT

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