Leaders at the Centers for Disease Control and Prevention said that the World Health Organizations declaration of the worlds first pandemic in 41 years will not change the day-to-day activities within the U.S., which has been acting as if in a pandemic. Also, the June 11 announcement means the virus is spreading, but has not changed in its level of severity. This is not anywhere near the 1918 pandemic, for example, said Thomas Frieden, who began his role as CDC director on June 8. (See the Modern Healthcare webinar Swine Flu Outbreak: Compliance Lessons for Healthcare Providers, modernhealthcare.com/section/webinars). WHO Director-General Margaret Chan, said that no previous pandemic has been detected so early or watched so closely in real time. The pandemic alert phase 6, similar to phase 5, shifts national and local actions from preparedness to response. Countries where the virus appears to have peaked should prepare for a second wave, Chan said.
Late News: Leaders say status quo for CDC despite pandemic announcement
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