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Swine Flu Report Archive: Opinions

Policy for Closing Schools Draws Criticism

Resistance emerged in the Washington area today to the policy of closing schools to prevent the possible spread of swine flu, as Montgomery County school superintendent Jerry Weast complained that the ongoing shutdown of Rockville High School was not justified....

By Chris Stanford  |  May 4, 2009; 8:45 PM ET  |  Permalink  |  Comments (0)
Categories:  Opinions , Prevention , Schools  
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Swine Flu -- Experts or Crowdsourcing?

Google has drawn a lot of attention for presenting a map of the swine flu outbreak. (It has received more than 1.2 million hits.) Some reports suggest this map has been more popular than maps presented by the Centers for...

By Shankar Vedantam  |  May 4, 2009; 2:54 PM ET  |  Permalink  |  Comments (1)
Categories:  New Cases , Opinions , Rumors  
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Is It a Pandemic?

The World Health Organization appears to be toying with the notion of raising the alert level on the Swine Flu Outbreak to 6 -- at which point it will formally be known as a pandemic. Agence France Press reports that...

By Shankar Vedantam  |  May 4, 2009; 11:16 AM ET  |  Permalink  |  Comments (6)
Categories:  New Cases , Opinions  
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Swine Flu and Public Opinion

A quarter of all Americans say they’re worried about catching swine flu, and there’s initial evidence in a new Gallup poll that growing numbers are adjusting their daily lives in the face of the spreading virus. The overnight poll of...

By Shankar Vedantam  |  May 1, 2009; 3:32 PM ET  |  Permalink  |  Comments (0)
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The Lighter Side

It had to happen. Sooner or later, there are going to be people who poke fun at anything. (If you want your swine flu news totally serious, you should go to the next post.) A variety of creative masks. You...

By Shankar Vedantam  |  May 1, 2009; 3:18 PM ET  |  Permalink  |  Comments (1)
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Have We Missed the Boat?

Duke University professor Priscilla Wald is the author of the book, "Contagious." In a piece she has published in the Globe and Mail in Canada, she argues that the swine flu outbreak has been grossly blown out of proportion by...

By Shankar Vedantam  |  May 1, 2009; 10:28 AM ET  |  Permalink  |  Comments (0)
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Older Entries in This Category »

Swine Flu Opinion Roundup, Shankar Vedantam , May 1, 2009
Google Tracks the Flu, Shankar Vedantam , May 1, 2009
School Closings -- Smart Move or Panic?, Shankar Vedantam , April 30, 2009
 
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