Swine Flu Emergency Declared

As I predicted, the H1N1 influenza virus has returned to the U.S. this fall.  FluTracker gives a visual representation of the spread of the disease.   In response to the spread of H1N1, President Obama declared the H1N1 outbreak a national emergency.  The declaration will  “allow a hospital to set up a make-shift satellite facility…

Swine Flu Update: Thursday

U.S. School Closures, Online Learning Fort Worth closes Schools.   Nearly 300 schools close. October 2006: Ohio proposes online learning as  a substitute for classroom learning during a flu pandemic.  Did these proposals actually get implemented? San Mateo County poses using the website Moodle for online learning during flu pandemics. Marketplace, however, says that the…

Swine Flu Update: Monday

The World Health Organization increased the epidemiological alarm level from 3 to 4 (out of 6). Closing public spaces may be a good idea to stop the spread of the flu: Public Health Interventions during the 1918 influenza pandemic – Healthcare Economist How (and How Not) to Battle Flu: A Tale of 23 Cities –…

Swine Flu leads to at least 20 deaths

In Mexico, there has been an outbreak of swine flu which has lead to 20 recorded deaths and likely 40 more.  The newspaper el Universal reports that, the Secretaría de Educación Pública suspended classes in the Distrito Federal and the Estado de México.  This means that in the Mexican capital, 5,201 public schools and 3,965 private schools…