Acting Surgeon General Rear Admiral Steven K. Galson, M.D. joins The Doctors and explains what a Phase 5 pandemic alert really means.
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Well the Level-5 as you've heard already is an administrative classification that Public Health experts around the world used to communicate with each other about preparations. It doesn't really have anything to say about the severity of the epidemic. And here in United States what we used to respond to the epidemic at the Federal, State and local levels is really the severity of the epidemic. The number of people that are sick, the severity of their illness, how many have to are going to the hospital, get put on medications and that's the important thing, not the number that's coming out of the World Health Organization.