PrepTalks: John M. Barry "The Next Pandemic: Lessons from History"

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Symposium date: January 29, 2018

John M. Barry’s PrepTalk showcases lessons learned from the 1918 and 2009 influenza pandemics. He provides guidance on what emergency managers can do to work with public health and elected officials to implement measures that can save lives and, more importantly, avoid ineffective measures that can lose community trust. 

John M. Barry is a best-selling author of the 2004 book The Great Influenza: The Story of the Deadliest Pandemic in History, a study of the 1918 pandemic. The National Academies of Science named it the year’s outstanding book on science or medicine. His article for the Smithsonian, "How the Horrific 1918 Flu Spread Across America" provides a summary of that deadly pandemic.

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