Saturday, October 24, 2009

National State of Emergency Declared

Health and Human Services Secretary Kathleen Sebelius now has authority to bypass federal rules when opening alternative care sites, such as offsite hospital centers at schools or community centers if hospitals seek permission.

That might be a politically correct way of saying "quarantine camps".  I don't know.  I've read that the US like most countries have signed an agreement with the World Health Organization that gives certain powers to the WHO on a local and state level to implement pandemic plans.  

But digging through the national disaster preparedness plan is like reading the small print on the back of a prescription pamphlet

Section 361 authorizes the Secretary to make and enforce regulations necessary to prevent the introduction, transmission, or spread of communicable diseases from foreign countries into the United States, or from one state or possession into any other State or possession. CDC administers these regulations as they relate to quarantine of humans. Diseases for which individuals may be quarantined are specified by Executive Order; the most recent change to the list of quarantinable diseases was the April 1, 2005 Executive Order 13375, which amended the Executive Order 13295 by adding “influenza caused by novel or reemergent influenza viruses that are causing, or have the potential to cause, a pandemic” to the list. Other provisions in Title III of the PHS Act permit HHS to establish quarantine stations, provide care and treatment for persons under quarantine, and provide for quarantine enforcement. Section 311 of the PHS Act provides for Federal-state cooperative activities to enforce quarantine and plan and carry out public health activities. Section 311 also authorizes the Secretary to make available the resources of the PHS to help control epidemics and deal with other public health emergencies. HHS may also engage in certain international activities under section 307 of the PHS Act. Statute 42 U.S.C. § 97, which provides that the Secretary of Health and Human Services may request that Customs, Coast Guard, and military officers aid in the execution of quarantines imposed by states. 

I don't know folks,  maybe this is nothing but there's some spooky stuff that's now legal to contain this "pandemic".  So far we've had adjuvant free swine flu shots but with this madness plus the shortage of vaccinations,  there might come a day very soon where untested adjuvants are added to the swine flu shot and maybe the average person will be compelled to take the vaccination if they want to travel or work or shop?   

Of course I wouldn't put it past our elected officials to just play games to maintain a sense of legitimacy and appearance of being "proactive" in the face of a "pandemic".