What would a flu pandemic in the U.S. look like? More like a war than a natural disaster, a government report indicates.
The USA is by far one of the best-prepared countries in the world when it comes to managing possible outbreak situations. This recently declassified Department of Defense report, dated August 2009, estimates that a full-blown flu pandemic could sicken about 30% of the U.S. population, leading to 3 million hospitalizations and 2 million deaths.
This Implementation Plan for Pandemic Influenza of the US Department of Defense directs how to prepare for, detect, respond to and contain the effect of a pandemic on military forces, DOD civilians, DOD contractors, dependents and beneficiaries.
Additionally, it addresses the provision of the US Department Of Defense assistance to civil authorities, foreign and domestic, as well as key security concerns such as humanitarian relief and stabilization operations that may arise.
A very interesting report that you NEED to read!