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AT THE BEDSIDE Box Office Hit ‘Contagion’ Raises Questions About Virus This past fall the Centers for Disease Control and Prevention (CDC), Atlanta, hosted live Twitter chats to respond to the public’s questions about “Contagion” — the fi lm that chronicles the spread of a deadly virus across the globe. Here’s a sample of verbatim questions and answers from the chat, which featured CDC’s Jennifer McQuiston, veterinary medical officer and disease detective. What are the main perceptions about pandemics the general public should take away from watching the movie? @CDCgov: During a pandemic, we can do things (isolation, quarantine) that slow the spread while we work on a vaccine. How will public discern between important info and unnecessary and unfounded hysteria, like seen during H1N1 scare? @CDCgov: The most current and cred ible scientific information is always available at (Courtesy photo) CDC hosts live Twitter chats to answer the public’s questions. If a Contagion-like outbreak happened today, would U.S. be ready? @CDCgov: When it’s an emerging/new disease, it’s hard to predict how the outbreak will unfold. CDC is ready 24/7 to start working to control a new outbreak. How does CDC plan to use SM during an outbreak? @CDCgov: CDC will use social media extensively for awareness and are looking at tools for epidemic tracking. Do patients have to be dying for the CDC to pay attention to an (epidemic)? @CDCgov: Great question. CDC works on outbreaks of all types of severity. The goal is to prevent deaths, not count them. Are labs and other testing places coordinated w/state and local health agencies, academic institutions, or private sector? @CDCgov: CDC labs work closely with state health labs during an outbreak. Tools like Pulsenet link CDC and state labs. How big of a role did the CDC play in the production of #Contagion #CDCcontagion @CDCgov: CDC allowed some movie scenes to be shot on campus. David J. Sencer CDC Museum was a site fi lmed for the movie. The fi lm’s writers talked with CDC scientists as they developed the idea for the movie. Did any real CDC staff make it into the movie as an extra? @CDCgov: Some of CDC’s workforce used a vacation day to work as extras in some crowd scenes. Did You Know? In September, the United Nations General Assembly convened a High-Level Meeting on non-communicable diseases (NCDs). It says that the four main NCDs — cardiovascular disease, cancer, chronic lung diseases and diabetes — kill three in five people worldwide, causing tremendous socioeconomic harm, especially in developing nations. The World Health Organization, Geneva, calls tobacco use, unhealthy diet, physical inactivity and harmful use of alcohol the “risk factors” for NCDs. It says that if the major risk factors for chronic disease were eliminated, about “three-quarters of heart disease, stroke and type 2 diabetes would be prevented; and 40% of cancer would be prevented.” Four non-communicable diseases kill 60 percent of people worldwide. 6 DECEMBER 2011

Table of Contents for the Digital Edition of Bold Voices - December 2011

Front/Digital Edition Viewing Guide
Another Angle
AACN Boards and Contact Information
Dec. 19 Deadline: National Awards Recognize Excellence, Leadership in HAI Prevention
Box Office Hit 'Contagion' Raises Questions About Virus
New Privacy Recommendations for Storing Newborn Screening Specimens
Motor Training Can Advance Social Development in Infants With Autism
In-Hospital Mobility Benefits Older Patients
NSAIDs May Harm Patients with Heart Disease, Hypertension
Pain Code' Encourages Use of Maximum Dosage
FDA's Treatment Recommendations for Simvastatin 80
Study Identifies Predictors of Sudden Cardiac Death Versus Surviving Heart Attack
Study Seeks Initiator of Post-Trauma Intestinal Cell Damage
Australian Study: 'How Dangerous is a Day in Hospital'
In Our Journals
ICU Staff Composition May Decrease Burnout
Use of Manikins May Improve Emergency Care
Celebrate Certification
AACN Financials
From the President

Bold Voices - December 2011