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Here’s the real overreaction

Chris Hoofnagle, professor of law in residence | October 29, 2009

The San Francisco Chronicle cannot seem to run an article about the flu shot without including pictures of children screaming for their lives! And look, that evil doctor seems to enjoy it! 🙂

Government has been poor at managing expectations

Doug Tygar, professor, computer science and School of Information | October 27, 2009

While any rapid response to an emerging pandemic is inherently prone to uncertainty, it would appear that the US government has been exceptionally poor at managing public reaction to the 2009 H1N1 virus.  On the one hand, we are told vaccination is essential — as we should be vaccinated as quickly as possible.  On the … Continue reading »

Russia is taking this seriously, so should we!

Joanne Ikeda, co-founder, Center for Weight and Health | October 26, 2009

My husband and I just returned from a trip to Russia.  When our plane arrived in Moscow,  we had to wait for a public health official to give her approval before we were allowed to deboard the plane.  She came aboard and used an instrument that took one’s temperatures when it was aimed at one’s forehead. … Continue reading »

Let’s hope it’s only the first step….

Steven Weber, professor of political science and at the School of Information, faculty director of the Center for Long-term Cybersecurity |

Presidents declare emergencies about as frequently as they hire and fire advisors.  No big deal, there. What’s important here is the opportunity that the President now has, to shine some much needed light and attention on the vastly under-funded and dysfunctional public health system in much of the United States. Consider how much of the … Continue reading »

Prudent step

Arthur Reingold, professor and head of epidemiology |

The declaration was a prudent step that should not alarm people. It will make it far easier for hospitals and health care providers to deal with what could be a serious overload of patients with H1N1 influenza.