…The Feds say it’s time for schools to plan for a possible outbreak of H5N1, that nasty Bird Flu.
…We don’t know if it’s coming…Some scientists weighed in last week in the New York Times say it is less likely to mutate to human-to-human form than some thought, but that to prepared for “something” was common sense.
…Who coordinates the closing of the schools? the Feds asked. Can kids keep up at home—and how? Who will feed kids who count on school meals?
…School buildings may have to become quarantine centers or be closed because too many people are too sick to come to work.
…Children 5 to 18 tend to be the biggest disease-spreaders. Schools may be closed just for that reason and kids sent home.
…For now, schools are working on getting kids in the habit of covering coughs and washing hands.
…And you thought Snow Days were bad. How about Deadly Virus Days? Some schools are setting up call centers or phone trees.
…For tips on preparing your home for a possible epidemic, see right to get The Bird Flu Preparedness Planner.
…The Centers for Disease Control also has a website describing possible social disruptions we could expect and how to prepare. Go to http://www.pandemicflu.org/.
…Brrr, a government website with “pandemic” in it. Freaky?