New bird-flu plan advises when to close schools

February 1, 2007
by by Maggie Fox

Experts said closing schools and businesses could cause more problems. "If you are going to ask somebody to stay home, what ethical obligation (do you have) to provide them with antivirals?" asked Dr. Bruce Gellin, who helps coordinate pandemic planning at the Health and Human Services department. "We also need to think about how vital medical and food supplies will reach those who are quarantined," including those on food-assistance programs, added Dr. Jeff Levi of the nonprofit Trust for America's Health.

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