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1.6

Skip to 0 minutes and 30 seconds [LAUGHTER]

Skip to 0 minutes and 30 seconds ALEX PAPOULIA: Thank you.

Skip to 0 minutes and 40 seconds [PHONE RINGING]

Skip to 0 minutes and 42 seconds MARA TSONI: Mara Tsoni.

Skip to 0 minutes and 44 seconds ALEX PAPOULIA: Mara, it’s Alex.

Skip to 0 minutes and 45 seconds MARA TSONI: Alex? Long time.

Skip to 0 minutes and 47 seconds ALEX PAPOULIA: What do you think? Is it the flu?

Skip to 0 minutes and 49 seconds MARA TSONI: That’s what they’re saying.

Skip to 0 minutes and 51 seconds ALEX PAPOULIA: Out of season. That sudden? Department of Health hasn’t heard anything?

Skip to 0 minutes and 55 seconds MARA TSONI: I like how I’m just a source of information. If I hear anything, I’ll let you know.

Skip to 0 minutes and 59 seconds ALEX PAPOULIA: Off the record.

Skip to 1 minute and 0 seconds MARA TSONI: It’s always off the record.

Skip to 1 minute and 4 seconds JIM BROWN: So what do you want to do? Arrest the flu?

Skip to 1 minute and 6 seconds ALEX PAPOULIA: I want to bring someone in who could identify whether this even is the flu.

Skip to 1 minute and 9 seconds JIM BROWN: Well, if the sniffles don’t go away in–

Skip to 1 minute and 11 seconds ALEX PAPOULIA: Why was I put in charge of disease control and bioterrorism if no one is going to take me seriously? It presents just as big a threat as bombings or rogue gunmen. Bigger!

Skip to 1 minute and 23 seconds JIM BROWN: I tell you what. Why don’t you keep an eye on things? And in the meantime, I’ll promise to wash my hands and cover my mouth if I cough. Okay?

Skip to 1 minute and 40 seconds REPORTER: Dr. Hardy, what can you tell us about the flu outbreak?

Skip to 1 minute and 42 seconds ANTONIA HARDY: Well, I’ll say what I said this morning. The most likely cause is severe flu. So please just take precautions, rest. See a doctor if you need to. Thank you.

Skip to 1 minute and 57 seconds MARA TSONI: Alex.

Skip to 1 minute and 58 seconds ALEX PAPOULIA: Aw, shi..

Skip to 1 minute and 59 seconds MARA TSONI: Nice to see you too.

Skip to 2 minutes and 1 second ALEX PAPOULIA: Well, you came halfway across the city with good news?

Skip to 2 minutes and 3 seconds MARA TSONI: Hospitals are filling up, but that’s not why I’m here. We initially saw the spread originating from one place, Mendona Primary School.

Skip to 2 minutes and 11 seconds ALEX PAPOULIA: Makes sense.

Skip to 2 minutes and 12 seconds MARA TSONI: But looking closer, there are multiple origins.

Skip to 2 minutes and 16 seconds ALEX PAPOULIA: What, so there’s no common–

Skip to 2 minutes and 18 seconds ALEX PAPOULIA: No common link between the clusters.

Skip to 2 minutes and 20 seconds ALEX PAPOULIA: Terrorism?

Skip to 2 minutes and 22 seconds MARA TSONI: Let’s not jump to any conclusions. It could still be undetected chains of transmission. It could still be the flu.

Skip to 2 minutes and 28 seconds ALEX PAPOULIA: But people are dying.

Skip to 2 minutes and 29 seconds MARA TSONI: People die from the flu. OK, a incubation period two to seven days, fever, chills, body aches, shortness of breath, coughing. Still symptoms of severe flu. I don’t think it’s–

Skip to 2 minutes and 40 seconds ALEX PAPOULIA: What? What’s wrong?

Skip to 2 minutes and 42 seconds MARA TSONI: It’s a death toll update. It’s bigger than I thought. [PHONE CHIMES]

Pandemic chapter 1

In this chapter of Pandemic we introduce you to the fictional country of Mendona, where we see the beginnings of what initially appears to be an outbreak of seasonal influenza like illness.

The key issues raised are:

  • Different people assess the situation with differing levels of risk or concern
  • The difficulties of detecting an outbreak
  • The lack of differentiators between an outbreak of a new biological agent, compared to the normal seasonal outbreaks that occur in any community
  • The barriers within response organisations to investigate outbreaks in detail

After watching this episode of Pandemic, please comment and discuss the issues raised in the comments section below

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