Is there a difference in the approach to preparing for an earthquake vs

Is there a difference in the approach to preparing for an earthquake vs

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Is there a difference in the approach to preparing for an earthquake vs. a influenza pandemic and are the consequences the same? If not, should they be? Why or why not? What is an influenza pandemic? A disease epidemic occurs when there are more cases of that disease than normal. A pandemic is a worldwide epidemic of a disease. An influenza pandemic may occur when a new influenza virus appears against which the human population has no immunity. With the increase in globalization, as well as urbanization and overpopulated conditions in some areas, epidemics due to a new influenza virus are likely to take hold around the world. Due to this pandemics having been travelling faster around the world. The World Health Organization(WHO) has defined the phases of a pandemic to provide a global framework to aid countries in pandemic preparedness and response planning. Pandemics can be either mild or severe in the illness and death they cause, and the severity of a pandemic can change over the course of that pandemic. Potential consequences In the past, influenza pandemics have resulted in increased death and disease and great social disruption. In the 20th century, the most severe influenza pandemic occurred in 1918-1919 and caused an estimated 40 to 50 million deaths worldwide. Current epidemiological models project that a pandemic could result in two to 7.4 million deaths globally. Influenza pandemics have a very big impact on the world population and there is really no place to hide. If an influenza pandemic were to occur today, we could expect the virus to spread rapidly due to the interconnected nature of the world and the high level of global travel. With globalization on the rise this is a positive thing for business but and very negative thing
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This note was uploaded on 07/04/2011 for the course ADMS 3701 taught by Professor Nirunirupama during the Spring '09 term at York University.

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