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A recent survey of American adults found that 76% worried about becoming ill if they had to stay home and take care of the sick during a severe flu pandemic.1
 
  Learn infection control measures. 
  

 

Setting up a Sick Room

Wash hands for 15 seconds with soap and water

infection prevention

Cover a cough or sneeze with tissue

prevent infection

Ready of Not? 2009: Protecting the Public's Health from Disease, Disasters and Bioterrorism found that "the H1N1 flu outbreak has exposed serious, underlying  gaps in the nation's ability to respond to public health emergencies and that the economic crisis is straining an already fragile public health system." Two extremely important areas of the report focus on the need for "accountability and transparency" at the national and state level and "improving community preparedness." 

We urge you to download the report for your state.  Information about how money is spent and the level of preparation for different states is presented.

Communication of accurate information is an ongoing need that has been raised in various evaluation reports throughout the H1N1 pandemic. See our earlier blog entries for links to those reports. However, national and state organizations continue to use a "risk communication" model to try provide information to the public. Risk Communication is based on a behavioral health, cognitive theory that focuses on managing how people react to difficult situations.  It assumes that knowledge is not enough to deal with difficult situations. 

We at Pandemic Home Care have advocated for the use of a public health education model to explain complex public health issues to people so they can make the best decisions for themselves and their families in their unique communities. We assume that knowledge is the foundation for a prepared public and the role of health professionals is to explain, in-depth changing situations. 

We continue to advocate for in-depth, evidence based benchmarks about  home care for the public, written by health care professionals. Our eBook, "Pandemic Flu Home Care: A Detailed Guide for Caring for the Ill at Home" is one example of a public health educational strategy. 


 

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