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Newly confirmed health and human services secretary Kathleen civilians wasting no time in addressing government efforts against the Swine Flu outbreak listen -- We know that many individuals are suffering from the 2009.
Flu virus and more cases are -- identified every day.
And we're determined to fight this outbreak in doing everything we can to protect the health of every American.
And as you just heard minutes ago.
The World Health Organization raised its flu alert say a pandemic.
Is imminent but our officials overreacting it's an important question to ask -- were bringing in former health and human services deputy secretary.
Teddy trying to to -- you execute well -- have a reacting are they -- the World Health Organization over reacting.
I am worried about some of reversing from Europe they've raised the level to five which is among below the highest level I also heard commissioner -- Lou earlier this week.
Say people should travel to North America I think that is really premature and she had to dial back her comments.
I see some good signs -- two right behind Kathleen Sebelius in the that you just showed me.
That's a -- skeletons one -- -- leading experts on infectious diseases standing right beside her he's obviously briefing her and he's very well versed in these issues.
-- -- we had a million people pass away from the flu in 1960 huge outbreak ethical and you know we.
Tens of thousands of people die from the flu the regular -- -- -- every -- -- bit worried that we don't have the vaccine in this thing is spreading I mean we were just a level three within days of them.
The -- the worry.
Is two things one is if you have efficient human to human transfer which has not happened with Avian flu thus far fuel efficient you can get him transferred can spread this thing what.
Way farther than we anticipated.
The other thing is that the death rates are higher it seems in younger people who have stronger immune systems that was characteristic of the 1918 pandemic flu.
Which killed fifty million worldwide.
Okay so to me that's nerve -- That is nerve -- if it is nerve racking but it is not we've not reached levels we haven't seen efficient human to human transfer yet we don't know the death rates yet.
We still have a lot of tools -- apply like Tamiflu.
So why -- water level five what does the World Health Organization -- this thing to level fine.
-- need to understand that the designations are really in many ways internal designations to know what tools the World Health Organization can deploy at that time.
What the strictures they can ask governments to employ on their own people.
How they can track the disease over -- -- whether -- look like the other day when we declared a public health emergency we declare public health emergencies after hurricanes also it doesn't necessarily mean.
That the world's coming to an end.
But we hear it imminent the work imminent that means that you know it could happen tomorrow a huge outbreak I mean.
Is -- government talking about any kind of mortality figure expectations tonight -- -- compared.
Well what sectors familiar with this instead of that we should expect death and that that's kind of -- we just don't know more than that at this point.
Look at that I'm asking now should we be scared that this is -- -- widespread.
I think we should take Smart precaution I think if you condition that you wash their hands -- -- -- we should not watch our own hands I think we should cover up when we cough I think if we're sick we should go to school or work that day.
But I don't think we should panic at the Detroit great to have you -- he's not much really -- provide a voice of reason and calm you know.
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