Emerging Disease During Disasters and Emergencies
Infectious disease outbreaks are uncommon after disasters but the combination of factors have the potential to amplify emerging diseases that were previously in the affected area. These factors that may increase the risks for disease transmission include population displacement, overcrowding, lack of healthcare services, poor sanitation and hygiene, unsafe water, and low vaccine coverage for vaccine-preventable diseases.
Please answer the following questions:
- What facilities and procedures does your organization or your local fire district/hospital have in place for infectious or emerging pandemics for public health preparedness during disasters or emergencies?
- Do you believe that the facility or practice is adequate to meet the demands of a large volume of infected patients? Why or why not?
Initial Response: Initial responses should be no less than 200 words in length not including your reference(s) and supported by at least two references (aside from the textbook). Initial responses are due no later than 11:55 p.m. ET on Wednesday, Day 3 of each week. This allows time for other students to respond to your initial response. Please be aware that just “cutting and pasting” sections of articles (in lieu of writing an original initial post) is not acceptable and will negatively impact your grade.
Peer Responses: Students are required to respond to at least two (2) other student’s initial postings (and the instructor) with significant comments that have substance. Peer responses are due no later than 11:55 p.m. ET on Sunday, Day 7 of each week. All peer responses must be substantial and significant and should be no less than 100 words in length not including your reference(s) and supported by at least one reference (aside from the textbook). If possible, one of the responses to another’s work should be from an opposing viewpoint. Your response to your peers work should be engaging and informative with good substance (just stating “I agree…” is not acceptable). Your responses should contribute in a meaningful way to helping advance our knowledge of the topics the class explores. Your responses to another’s work should be posted as a sub-thread to the student’s original posting of whom you are commenting.
For all Forum activity, students are encouraged to use the APUS Online Library to search for references that help support their argument (in addition to textbook material). All posts should contribute and advance the class knowledge of the course themes. The Forum provides an opportunity for everyone to analyze work from many different perspectives.