The 2011 movie Contagion raises questions about what might happen - on a personal, national and global level - if an unknown and quickly replicating deadly disease was able to spread unchecked. How would it start? How would it move? And how would we deal with it?
Disease transmission is very real. History reminds us of the 1918-19 "Spanish Flu" that ultimately infected an estimated one third of the world's population (approximately 500 million persons). Despite vaccines, antibiotics and other modern medical tools, microorganisms have an uncanny knack of spreading.
The OSAP Board encourages you to take advantage of the Warner Bros. film to discuss these important issues about disease prevention with your staff, students and peers. And check the related resources.
Disease transmission - it's not "if" but "WHEN". Please do your part in stopping transmission before it starts. And go see the movie -- just wash your hands before you eat your popcorn!
Test Your Infection Prevention IQ
"Infect" your students or staff with infection prevention knowledge. Use this QUIZ as the basis for a discussion on standard infection control precautions and how they protect against risks large and small.
|Centers for Disease Control and Prevention (CDC)
||Outreach Materials (posters, brochures, widgits, audio, e-cards, and more)|
|National Institute for Occupational Safety and Health (NIOSH)
||Seasonal Influenza in the Workplace|
|Occupational Safety and Health Administration (OSHA)
||Pandemic Influenza Resources|
|World Health Organization (WHO)
||Avian Flu Page|