A recent survey of American adults found that 76% worried about becoming ill if they had to stay home and take care of the sick during a severe flu pandemic.1
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This blog will discuss current issues in the news about pandemic home care. We will use some examples from the current public health emergency related to the A/H1N1 situation in the world.  In addition, there is a specific page on this website devoted to updated links to the World Health Organization (WHO) and the Centers for Disease Control and Prevention (CDC) information as it is updated.

Recent newspaper articles have repeatedly pointed out that the "worried well" contact health care facilities because they are not confident about how to take care of themselves, even during mild illness.  See for example a recent NY Times article, "At the Hospital, the Faces of Fear and Swine Flu"

Why are people so worried, when according to WHO most of the A/H1N1 infections seen around the world have been "mild in nature"? See WHO Influenza A/H1N1 press briefings

Maybe it is because people lack practical, detailed information about basic illness prevention and management issues.  Do people know how to take a temperature with a thermometer?  Do people know what at "high fever" is?  Do people know how to "push fluids" to prevent dehydration? 

Current research has focused primarily on the science of the A/H1N1 virus. Current research could also be directed toward identifying what the public knows about home care issues. 

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