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PrepTalks: The Next Pandemic - Lessons from History

PrepTalks GraphicJohn Barry’s PrepTalk, “The Next Pandemic: Lessons From History,” offers 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. Barry reminds us that “the boss is the virus. We have no way of knowing if the next [pandemic] will be exceedingly mild, or like 1918, or worse.” In 2005, the National Academy of Sciences named his book, The Great Influenza: The Story of the Deadliest Pandemic in History, as the year's best book on science or medicine.

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John M. Barry is a prize-winning and New York Times best-selling author whose books have won multiple awards. The National Academies of Science named his 2004 book, "The Great Influenza: The Story of the Deadliest Pandemic in History," a study of the 1918 pandemic, as the year's outstanding book on science or medicine. His books have also been embraced by experts in applicable fields: In 2006 he became the only non-scientist ever to give the National Academies of Sciences annual Abel Wolman Distinguished Lecture, a lecture which honors contributions to water-related science, and he was the only non-scientist on a federal government Infectious Disease Board of Experts.

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04/18/2019 - 14:57