Many in US don’t trust government to handle avian flu

first_imgApr 21, 2006 (CIDRAP News) – About half of Americans lack confidence in their government’s ability to handle an outbreak of avian influenza in humans, but few have prepared for the threat, according to a survey taken this week.Fifty-two percent of the 1,001 people polled said they were “not too confident” or “not at all confident” in the government’s response to an avian flu epidemic, according to the results of the Associated Press–Ipsos Public Affairs survey, released today. (The survey questions referred to the disease as “bird flu.”)But only 9% of the respondents said they had taken any preparatory steps. Six percent reported stockpiling food and water, 4% had made plans to work from home, 3% had made plans to keep children at home, and 2% had sought a prescription for an antiviral drug.A 61% majority thought it likely that avian flu will reach the United States in the next year, with 35% believing it unlikely and 3% unsure, the pollsters found.But only 35% expressed concern that they or someone in their family would contract avian flu. The remaining 65% were “not too concerned” (37%) or “not at all concerned” (29%) about that.On the other hand, more than half regarded the disease as a probable death sentence. Fifty-three percent said it was likely they would die of the infection if they caught it; 43% said it was unlikely to be fatal and 4% were unsure. (The case-fatality rate reflected in the World Health Organization’s current global tally of 204 human cases with 113 deaths is 55%).Respondents showed strong support for five potential measures to control an avian flu epidemic. The measures and their margins of support were as follows: encouraging people to work from home when possible, 82% to 17%; quarantining people exposed to avian flu, 79% to 19%; closing the borders to people from countries with human cases of avian flu, 74% to 25%; closing schools, 69% to 29%; and offering people experimental vaccines or drugs, 65% to 34%.An overwhelming 81% majority of those questioned understood that the regular seasonal flu vaccine would not protect them from avian flu. Eleven percent thought the seasonal vaccine would protect them, and 8% didn’t know.The survey seems to signal greater concern about avian flu now than was shown in another poll taken in February. In that survey by the Harvard School of Public Health, 21% of respondents expressed concern that they or a family member would contract avian flu, as compared with 35% in the new poll.The survey interviews were conducted from Apr 18 through 20. The 1,001 interviewees included 787 registered voters. The poll had a margin of sampling error of plus or minus 3 percentage points.See also:Feb 27, 2006, CIDRAP News story “Survey: Most Americans concerned about avian flu”last_img read more

Quarterback Eric Dungey: ‘I’m not going to be running nearly as much’

first_img Published on February 23, 2016 at 11:38 am Contact Matt: | @matt_schneidman Eric Dungey didn’t see the movie “Concussion.” It wasn’t deliberate, he just prefers Netflix. And 113 days since last addressing the media, the rising sophomore quarterback avoided delving into his own head injuries while professing a flawless bill of health.“I never really thought about that,” Dungey said, regarding if one more hit to the head would’ve changed his career. “I think it’s more talk and rumors … I’m 100 percent healthy and I’m looking forward to this season.”The last time Dungey was dressed and in a game, he was being helped off the field after taking a fourth-quarter hit to the head against Louisville on Nov. 7. It was the fourth noticeable hit to that area he had taken in the season on top of ones against Central Michigan, Virginia and Pittsburgh. He missed the last three games of the year as walk-on Zack Mahoney manned a Syracuse offense that sputtered to a 4-8 finish.Tuesday morning marked the first day of spring practice for the Orange under its new coaching staff, and Dungey spoke inside the Ensley Athletic Center following his first action in an offense that will put him at less risk.“With this new offense I’m not really taking the load as I did last year,” Dungey said. “I’m not going to be running nearly as much.”AdvertisementThis is placeholder text Dungey was listed at 202 pounds last season but now weighs 216, he said. He’s trying to reach 225 by the start of the season and was visibly bigger in his upper body on Tuesday.“I mean have you seen it, he’s huge!” wide receiver Steve Ishmael said. “I’m like, ‘Man, I’m jealous of you.’ He’s going to be able to take a lot more hits.”As a freshman, Dungey threw for 1,298 yards and 11 touchdowns while running for 351 yards and five scores. First-year head coach Dino Babers has said Syracuse won’t huddle, and that its high-powered offense that has roots in Baylor’s up-tempo system will open eyes in the Carrier Dome.Its maestro, the player with parts of only eight college games under his belt, didn’t ever think that one more hit to the head would’ve prevented him from directing that new-look offense. That, to him, was all talk and rumors.And his coach, at least for the time being, expressed none of the hesitation or critique that clouded around him last year.“I can’t predict the future,” Babers said. “I just know that he was out there today and looked good.” Comments Related Stories Alex Hayes dismissed, Ben Lewis leaves program and other notes from Syracuse football’s updated rosterBlum: Eric Dungey should have been taken out before 4th-quarter injuryScott Shafer on Eric Dungey: ‘He needs to learn how to throw the ball away’Zack Mahoney becomes Syracuse starter just weeks removed from being 5th-stringerEric Dungey leans on identical circumstance, humble persona to take reins of SU offense Facebook Twitter Google+last_img read more