CDC Info on Swine Flu
The CDC is updating this site http://www.cdc.gov/swineflu/ frequently at this point, in order to help everyone stay current with the swine flu situation. See the “CDC Health Advisory” on this page for the most current information. I heard on NPR today that Mexico has closed churches, schools, concert halls, and other public spaces to try and slow the spread of the disease. Should these social-distancing measures be enacted for public spaces, including libraries in the U.S., be aware of measures that libraries can take to keep resources and core services available to their patrons even if their buildings are closed. Have an alternate home page ready, to show altered hours, to highlight online resources, and to offer online chat services to patrons who need help. Also remember to change the voice mail message on your library’s main telephone to reflect changed hours and availability of online resources and services.
Here is more information from the U.S. Department of Health and Human Services, available on their Pandemic Flu web site: http://www.pandemicflu.gov/ The Swine Flu Info widget from HHS is available there to be copied into web pages–this will provide quick access to “Information,” “Investigation,” and “What you can do” sources.