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Flu Outbreak Raises Questions About America’s
Healthcare Preparedness
readylifestyle.com/flu-outbreak-raises-questions-about-americas-healthcare-system/
Joe Ready

This year’s flu outbreak is putting the spotlight on U.S. hospitals and America’s healthcare
preparedness, and what we’re seeing isn’t good. I’m sure this won’t come as any surprise to
most of you, but American hospitals are woefully unprepared to deal with a widespread
medical event.
The scenario described in the article below is playing out in many major cities across the
country.
Imagine if a more deadly strain of flu was hitting the U.S., where would we be then?
The nation’s preparedness to handle a major flu outbreak or disaster is now being called into
question.
“The hospitals are full. There is flu everywhere,” said Beth Gatlin, the Director of Emergency
Preparedness at the Center for Health Affairs.
She says the spike in illness is putting a strain on hospitals.
Source: Busy flu season sparks new concerns about healthcare system, country’s preparedness
questioned – News 5 Cleveland
America’s reliance on foreign countries to supply drugs and medical devices makes us even
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more vulnerable. There simply isn’t always the necessary amount of medication available
when it’s needed. Most of this is out of necessity rather than just a lack of understanding
on the part of the medical community, but it doesn’t make it any less important.

“You can run short, very quickly, of those critical products and services that are required to
provide the patient care,” said Dr. Michael Osterholm, the Director of the Center for Infectious
Disease Research and Policy.
That’s because most of the drugs and medical devices used in emergency rooms come from
countries overseas with virtually no stockpiles here in the U.S.
“We’ve really set ourselves up for a very, very serious situation,” said Osterholm. “I’m afraid that
this could be the worst mistake here with the flu.”
Osterholm points to Puerto Rico as a perfect example of what can happen when a natural disaster
or health pandemic shuts down production of life-saving products.
Source: Busy flu season sparks new concerns about healthcare system, country’s preparedness
questioned – News 5 Cleveland
Be sure to read our article on using animal medications during a SHTF event.

How Does the Flu Kill?
Most flu-related deaths come from the complications caused by the flu and not the flu itself.
Bacterial infections and bacterial pneumonia are most common.
Lung damage caused by the flu makes it easier for bacteria cause these infections.

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Sepsis is another complication that can lead to death.
You can find more SHTF news and current events here.

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