Bird Flu Pandemic
– President Bush will soon approve an Emergency Response Plan
The infected H5N1
birds are anticipated to arrive in the United States in the next couple
of months. The US government is putting together a plan of action in
the event that the deadly H5N1 virus becomes transmitted from human to
human causing a pandemic and potentially killing millions of Americans.
The response plan
has not yet been approved by President Bush who was presented the
documents in a briefing on March 17th. It is expected that President
Bush will have an approval within a week. At this time there are over
300 tasks that are assigned to federal agencies if the pandemic occurs.
According to a report on WCCO some of the listed major tasks have been
revealed to the news agencies.
If the pandemic
arrived, people would be encouraged to stay at home and work at home.
Children would not go to school. Large gatherings would be cancelled.
Since people would
be working at home using the internet, there would be a good chance the
internet would bog down. The plan includes provisions to boost the
internet to help keep people productive even when working at home.