Dmitriy Shegelman Essay 3

Considering that the first communication actually has

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Considering that the first communication actually has the highest potential to save the greatest number of lives through simple prophylaxis, this step should be elevated to top priority. Instead of prioritizing and emphasizing the importance of getting the word out, the CUIPPRP then has multiple pages about specific budget scenarios and potential costs. While they could end up being necessary, the budgets seem to shift the focus away from the fact that saving lives is the intended top priority. Similar gripes can be found with a series of pages on the topic of Cornell’s response to media coverage. Human life should be first and foremost throughout the ordeal, and planned responses to the media occupying that much CUIPPRP real estate is unfair. A final complaint about the lack of a correlation between the level of detail printed to the importance of said details, is the repeated mention that class instruction would be kept as functional as possible (Page 9, Page 14 of Plan). In the past In my admittedly short Cornell experience , Cornell’s competitive environment has empirically shown proved to spur sick students to attend class, despite their potential to infect others. A classroom full of students, in turn, is then infected because of CU’s seeming inability to put a Cornellian’s life and health before academic function. Finally, isolation deserves much more detailed rules and more emphasis as the best way to contain a pandemic on a local level. Travel should be restricted earlier in the threat progression in order to err on the side of safety, e.g. not infecting your own town. Also, page 20 of the CUIPPRP, lists building uses if normal activity is suspended, such as a morgue. However, the plan omits roads used to travel between buildings. Depending on its method of 3
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propagation, a disease may be highly airborne, and therefore the roads become routes for infection. Instead, roads should become one-way, with alternate routes for infected patients and their uninfected counterparts (Bone 2008) .
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  • Fall '10
  • Pandemic, Cornell University, disease outbreak, Influenza Pandemic Preparations, global disease outbreak

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