CDC Boots Nuke Session in Favor of Flu

Announced on Friday that planned session was postponed
By Kate Seamons,  Newser Staff
Posted Jan 13, 2018 7:21 AM CST
Updated Jan 13, 2018 9:10 AM CST
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Fear the flu, not the bomb. The Centers for Disease Control and Prevention on Friday announced that a session on nuclear attack preparedness scheduled for Tuesday will be postponed to an unspecified date, with the session's topic switching to flu and what can be done to stem its spread. "To date, this influenza season is notable for the sheer volume of flu that most of the United States is seeing at the same time, which can stress health systems," the CDC explained, per the New York Times. The session was originally to feature officials from all levels of government discussing US preparations for a nuclear blast, with presentations on "Preparing for the Unthinkable" and "Roadmap to Radiation Preparedness."

The Times notes that the CDC made no mention of whether the delay was at all influenced by the outsize interest in the session, which was announced shortly after President Trump's tweet about nuclear-button size. The Washington Post reports the sessions are part of a larger monthly webinar series called Public Health Grand Rounds, and notes that roughly three dozen media outlets had shared interest in covering the session at the CDC's Atlanta HQ. (This 21-year-old thought rest could take care of the flu; he died days later.)

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