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Main article: Swine flu conversation questions

Pandemic precautions[edit]

  • What (if anything) do you think you can personally do to reduce your chance of being infected in a pandemic?
  • What do you think you should do if you get an infection? Should you go to work (or school) or not?
  • How would you react if a colleague came in to work who seemed to be infected?
  • What (if anything) do you think the government should or could do to reduce people's chance of infection?
  • What difference (if any) do you think that closing borders would make?
  • How many food scares/health scares can you think of over the last few years? Which ones turned out to be serious?
  • Are you buying any medicines in case a pandemic strikes?
  • Do you think that wearing a mask makes much difference to your contracting an infection or does it just give psychological support?
  • How much difference do you think that washing your hands would make?


  • Do you think you will experience a deadly pandemic or do you think there is a lot of exaggeration?
  • Which of the following do you think is most likely to happen within the next fifteen years?
    • A major earthquake in a densely populated area
    • An asteroid strike
    • A deadly pandemic, e.g., airborne spread Ebola
    • A drop in global temperatures due to the sun cooling
    • A rise in global temperatures due to climate change


  • How would you feel about travelling to a country with a significant outbreak?
  • In what ways do you think a pandemic would effect the world's financial systems?
  • Which business do you think would be helped by a pandemic and which business would be damaged?


  • Do you think that vaccinations are useful or dangerous?
  • Can you explain how vaccinations work?
  • Do you usually receive a vaccination for flu in the winter? How is the vaccination given to you?
  • How much would you be prepared to pay for a vaccination?
  • Often vaccines are developed by governments and not drugs companies. Why do you think this is?
  • Is it moral for companies to make big profits by selling life-saving drugs? Would they develop them if they couldn’t make big profits?


  • Ebola fever /iːˈbəʊlə, ɪˈbəʊlə, əˈbəʊlə/: the disease
  • Ebola virus: the virus that causes the disease
  • Ebola river: a river in the Democratic Republic of the Congo that gave the name to the virus and the disease
  • Zika fever /ˈziːkə/: the disease
  • Zika virus: the virus that causes the disease
  • Zika Forest: a forest in Uganda that gave the name to the virus and the disease


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