Testimony of Anne Schuchat before the Senate Committee on Homeland Security and Governmental Affairs on the US Health Response to a Novel 2009 H1N1 Influenza Virus, April 29, 2009 [open pdf - 45KB]
"It is important for all of us to understand that flu viruses - and outbreaks of many infectious diseases -- are extremely unpredictable. We know that as our investigation proceeds, what we learn will change. We expect changes in the number of cases, the number of states affected, and the severity of illness. Our goal in our daily communication - to the public, to the Congress, and to the media - is to be clear in what we do know, explain uncertainty, and clearly communicate what we are doing to protect the health of Americans. An equal priority is to communicate the steps that Americans can take to protect their own health and that of their community. As we learn more, these communications and recommendations will evolve."
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