(CIDRAP Business Source Osterholm Briefing) – The race is on. The next few months will pit all of our preparedness planning (or lack thereof) against a novel H1N1 virus that is certain to sweep through northern hemisphere countries.While this next wave is not likely to dramatically increase influenza deaths—unless the virus undergoes additional mutations or reassortments—it could cause significant and sustained illness in our otherwise healthy workforce populations. And remember, we currently don’t have any explicit plans to vaccinate that population, except for pregnant women and healthcare workers, even in the United States.Regular readers of this column know I have emphasized for the past 4 months that we should expect the unexpected in our battle with this virus. But now it’s time to drive a stake in the ground and declare, “No more what-ifs. This is what we can and are going to do in response to this virus in our organization over the next 4 to 6 months.”Business preparedness for this pandemic was substantially elevated this past week when the US news media suddenly found the second coming of novel H1N1. Stories about the potential shoe to drop with a fall/winter wave of illness have been everywhere.The media’s attention is not based on any recent change in the disease occurrence, but has largely occurred because of an all-out media campaign by our federal government to hit our pandemic preparedness status head-on. I applaud these federal efforts, particularly the coordinated messages coming from the Departments of Health and Human Services, Homeland Security, Education, Commerce, and Agriculture.Despite the balanced and scientifically sound information being shared by our federal agencies, there are still a number of critics who have publicly declared that this is a “Chicken Little” situation. We are scaring the world needlessly, they say. If that’s where you are as you read this column, go no further. If you aren’t convinced by now that we have some real challenges ahead with this upcoming fall/winter wave of H1N1, I’m afraid it’s too late for CIDRAP to help.Your primary focusBut if you do believe that H1N1 may cause substantial and sustained illness in our workforce over these upcoming months, then understanding what that means, particularly as it is overlaid on a global just-in-time economy, ought be your second highest priority right now.Of course, your first priority should focus on what the next few months will mean for your family and loved ones. As a father of a pregnant neonatologist (my first grandchild is due in December)—and she is also part of the team at the bedside of other H1N1-infected and seriously ill pregnant women—I pray for the day when my daughter gets both of her H1N1 influenza vaccine doses in her arm. It can’t come soon enough.Announcing a crucial summitTo try to bring a very current, practical, and execution-driven summary of what we all can do to have the highest level of preparedness in our organizations, CIDRAP is sponsoring its third pandemic preparedness summit on September 22 and 23 in Minneapolis. “Keeping the World Working During the H1N1 Pandemic: Protecting Employee Health, Critical Operations, and Customer Relations” is the title we’ve chosen for this 2-day crash course and summary of the latest, most effective actions your organization can implement to be better prepared.You can get more information on the summit here. We’re convening pandemic response experts in public and private sectors who know their business and are ready to act. We’ll tackle with candor, urgency, and practicality how to brace our enterprises for the months ahead.The 25 members of the Summit Advisory Group represent some of the best minds and most practical thinkers in the pandemic preparedness business. I think when you review the program and see the line-up of speakers and sessions, you will agree that this will be your last, best chance to get ready for this next wave of H1N1 infections.And I can only hope that one day, when we do all our pandemic postmortems, we will realize we did make a difference.Bottom line for businessIt’s not too late to get some very crucial and practical preparedness planning completed and implemented in your organization. But time is of the essence. No more feeling your way through the preparedness black hole. Execution is everything now. And it helps if somebody else has tried it and is willing to share which best practices worked and which didn’t.
Load more entries… This is what it means. 💙#THFC ⚪️ #COYS pic.twitter.com/7hXdlCrQ3L— Tottenham Hotspur (@SpursOfficial) September 16, 2019Joe Miles16 Sep 2019, 1:20 pmJAN VERTONGHEN’S social media activity has suggested he wants to pen a new deal with Spurs. He liked a tweet which read: “What a compete central defender we have @AlderweireldTob and @JanVertonghen. “New contract? @AlderweireldTob @JanVertonghen @ChrisEriksen.” His current deal will expire at the end of the season if he does not agree new terms. Joe Miles16 Sep 2019, 12:46 pmHARRY WINKS wants Tottenham to aim for Champions League glory. The 23-year-old said: “We know, getting to the Champions League final, there is going to be high pressure on us getting there again and maybe to go one further and win it.“We don’t read too much into that, we take it game by game.“So our first thought is Olympiakos on Wednesday, we have to take that game as it comes and then hopefully we can get a resulJoe Miles16 Sep 2019, 12:19 pmPETER TAYLOR has described Christian Eriksen as a “creative genius”.The former Tottenham winger said: “I’m sure everyone at the Lane is delighted that the European transfer window has closed and the creative genius of Christian Eriksen is still there.“They haven’t had the sort of start to the season that they would have liked, but banging in four goals in the first half on Saturday was the perfect response.” Joe Miles16 Sep 2019, 11:47 amGARY NEVILLE has given his view on the top club in London. But the United star did not opt for Tottenham, Arsenal or Chelsea when asked by a fan on Twitter.Instead, he decided to take his answer in another direction. He simply replied “Annabels” – which is a glitzy club in Mayfair, London. Next: @ChampionsLeague 🔜 ✨ #UCL ⚪️ #COYS pic.twitter.com/V43a6At64b— Tottenham Hotspur (@SpursOfficial) September 15, 2019Joe Miles16 Sep 2019, 10:51 amRACHEL FURNESS fired Tottenham to their first victory in the top flight of women’s football.Her penalty in first-half injury-time secured a 1-0 home win over Liverpool.The Northern Ireland midfielder coolly slotted the ball into the bottom left corner after sending Reds keeper Anke Preuss in the opposite direction.It was enough to see Spurs bounce back from their loss against Chelsea last week.Joe Miles16 Sep 2019, 9:56 amGARTH CROOKS has hit out at Serge Aurier. Writing in his BBC column, the former Spurs star said: “Every time I have seen Aurier play for Tottenham I have been left desperately disappointed and often quite angry. “Disappointed because of his lack of performance and angry because of his inability to respect the depth of quality in the Premier League.“This is not France where there are only a couple of decent teams in the league, but the toughest and most demanding league in the world.” Joe Miles16 Sep 2019, 9:28 amNEIL LENNON has revealed he DID want to bring Victor Wanyama back to Celtic.The Kenyan midfielder, 28, looked poised to quit Spurs before the end of the European transfer window.Celts were heavily linked with a loan deal, while Club Brugge failed to lure him to Belgium despite having a £12million offer accepted.Lennon said: “There was interest but it never got off the ground.“Could we look at it again in January? We’ll have to wait and see.“We might not want to with the balance of the squad now, as well as the affordability.”Adam Storer16 Sep 2019, 8:56 amCHRISTIAN ERIKSEN is set to reject all further offers from Tottenham in a bid to force a move to Real Madrid.The Danish midfielder is out of contract at the end of the season and was on the verge of heading to Spain during the summer – but a deal could not be reached.But he will be free to sign a pre-contract agreement in January that would see him move on a free transfer at the end of the campaign.Real Madrid are licking their lips at getting Eriksen for nothing, just 12 months after Daniel Levy had priced him at £130m.But they will face competition from La Liga rivals Barcelona, according to reports in Spain.Gary Stonehouse16 Sep 2019, 11:45 pmSPURS BOSS Mauricio Pochettino yesterday spoke out on right-back Serge Aurier in his post-match press conference.The Ivorian was expected to leave the Tottenham Hotspur Stadium in the summer – and did not play a single minute of Spurs’ opening four matches this season.Aurier was recalled to the starting XI against Crystal Palace, however, and Pochettino has had his say:“He was very happy. I think the performance was great. Now it’s to be consistent and not drop in intensity. Not only him but all of the players.“I think the performance was great. First half was fantastic, his concentration and focus. Now he needs to show and be consistent.“It’s not only one game and the second game the focus and intensity start to drop. That is the key in our team, not only him but all the players.“All the players need to be consistent and understand that every time we are going to compete we have to give our best. Give like a collective our best and for sure we have the quality to beat any team.”William Pugh16 Sep 2019, 10:20 pmNext: @ChampionsLeague 🔜 ✨ #UCL ⚪️ #COYS pic.twitter.com/V43a6At64b— Tottenham Hotspur (@SpursOfficial) September 15, 2019 Annabels https://t.co/kzA8jJrlH1— Gary Neville (@GNev2) September 15, 2019Joe Miles16 Sep 2019, 11:19 amTOTTENHAM will up against Olympiacos in the Champions League group stage on Wednesday. TOTTENHAM were back in the groove as they smashed FOUR past Crystal Palace before half time.Heung-min Son was back to his best as Mauricio Pochettino’s side ran riot in the first 45 minutes – and David Beckham watched on, with the ex-England star reportedly saying he wishes he could play for Spurs.Follow ALL of the latest Spurs news, updates and gossip below…Robert O’Connor17 Sep 2019, 10:13 pmHARRY WINKS wants Tottenham to aim for Champions League glory.The midfielder starred as Spurs thrashed Crystal Palace 4-0 on Saturday and is hopeful of more of the same in Europe.The 23-year-old said: “We know, getting to the Champions League final, there is going to be high pressure on us getting there again and maybe to go one further and win it.“We don’t read too much into that, we take it game by game.“So our first thought is Olympiakos on Wednesday, we have to take that game as it comes and then hopefully we can get a result.Robert O’Connor17 Sep 2019, 9:23 pmSON HEUNG-MIN has claimed the win over Crystal Palace is a reminder of how strong Tottenham are.The South Korean star scored twice as Mauricio Pochettino’s side won 4-0.Speaking on the club website, he said: “This is a reminder of how strong we are. The players should know how strong we are and how we should play. Me as well.“We can learn so many things. I hope we can always perform like this and then this season will be really positive.”Robert O’Connor17 Sep 2019, 8:40 pmHUGO LLORIS hasn’t ruled out the possibility of leaving Tottenham but insists that he is focused on Spurs’ bid to reach another Champions League final.The France captain has been at Tottenham since 2012 and said that, whilst it’s possible he could finish his career in north London, he could also leave.“You have to know how to say stop at the right time. I’m not against the idea of discovering something new”, he told France Football.“It could also be the United States for example. I do not know.“I have always had trouble looking at the medium term, I am more focused on the short term. In football, things are changing so fast. We are here now, tomorrow, we are elsewhere.Robert O’Connor17 Sep 2019, 7:56 pmHUGO LLORIS believes Mauricio Pochettino is doing everything right at Spurs, and is the right man to keep leading the Premier League side to greater things in the future.The Argentinean takes his team to face Olympiakos in the Champions League on Tuesday as they aim to repeat last year’s surprise run to the final.Lloris told France Football: “He and his staff are the ones who put us in the best conditions for us to do put out great performances. I have a strong relationship with him, both at professional and personal level. “The chemistry was there straight away. I like his football idea, his personality. We grow together.”Robert O’Connor17 Sep 2019, 6:20 pmPAUL MERSON praised England international Harry Winks for his performance in Tottenham’s 4-0 thrashing of Crystal Palace on Saturday. Winks dictated the pace of Spurs’ play from midfield as they hammered Roy Hodgson’s team in north London.Speaking to Sky Sports, the ex-Arsenal player said: “Tottenham made Crystal Palace look average. In the first 45 minutes, Spurs were back to the side we all know, but it’s already too late to catch Liverpool. Harry Winks is such a massive player for them, the way he gets the ball moving quickly. “They looked a proper team and as soon as the first whistle blew, they meant business. They rolled the ball back to the centre-half, lumped it forward and Winks put it over the bar within 10 seconds. The fans didn’t have to wait. They took the game to Palace, and they didn’t know what day it was.”Robert O’Connor17 Sep 2019, 5:46 pmMoussa Sissoko has promised on Instagram that he will score a goal before his Tottenham Hotspur teammate Serge Aurier, who thought he scored in the 4-0 win against Crystal Palace on Saturday. Aurier’s strike was awarded as a Patrick van Aanholt own-goal, and now Sissoko has pledged to beat his compatriot to his first Spurs goal.Sissoko hasn’t scored for Tottenham since 2017.Robert O’Connor17 Sep 2019, 5:14 pmMauricio Pochettino’s tinkering has left Spurs vulnerable at the start of the new season and they’ll have it tough against Olympiakos, thinks Charlie Nicholas.Writing for Sky Sports, he said: “This is an awkward one. Tottenham were very impressive in the first half against Crystal Palace, which allowed them to ease down to second gear in the second half. “Mauricio Pochettino has changed his team too much and that is why they look vulnerable at the back. I would imagine Tottenham would try to control possession, but this is an awkward trip and these are dangerous teams to travel to. Tottenham are still unpredictable.”Joe Miles16 Sep 2019, 4:48 pmIT’S already too late for Spurs to catch Liverpool in the Premier League, according to Paul Merson. Writing in his column for Sky Sports, he said: “Tottenham made Crystal Palace look average. “They are a team that have won away to all the big teams, but in the first 45 minutes, Spurs were back to the side we all know on Saturday, but for me it’s already too late for them to catch Liverpool.”Before he added: “They looked like a proper team and as soon as the first whistle blew, they meant business.” Joe Miles16 Sep 2019, 4:25 pmTOTTENHAM had the game so sewn up during their 4-0 demolition of Crystal Palace that fans were even able to crack on with their own needlework.A double from Son Heung-min either side of a Patrick van Aanholt own-goal was compounded by a goal from Erik Lamela during a rampant first half from Mauricio Pochettino’s side.Despite the impressive performance from the north London outfit, two female fans sewing up in the stands was what sent Twitter into meltdown.Joe Miles16 Sep 2019, 3:56 pmSON HEUNG-MIN has claimed the win over Crystal Palace is a reminder of how strong Tottenham are. The South Korean star scored twice as Mauricio Pochettino’s side won 4-0.Speaking on the club website, he said: “This is a reminder of how strong we are. The players should know how strong we are and how we should play. Me as well. “We can learn so many things. I hope we can always perform like this and then this season will be really positive.”Joe Miles16 Sep 2019, 3:26 pmTOTTENHAM midfielder Anthony Georgiou does not know where his future lies.The 22-year-old has been with Spurs since 2013, but has been shipped out on loan to Ipswich.He said: “I’m on loan until January and it’s all going well so we’ll see what happens from there.”Joe Miles16 Sep 2019, 2:55 pmMAURICIO POCHETTINO will be hoping Lucas Moura can pick up where he left off in their Champions League opener away at Olympiacos.The Brazilian was a surprising admission from Tottenham’s starting 11 for the defeat to Liverpool in Madrid, despite having scored a hat-trick in the semi-final second leg against Ajax.The North London side have been accused of suffering from a Champions League final hangover after a difficult start to the new campaign Here’s how they could line-up against Olympiacos…Joe Miles16 Sep 2019, 2:26 pmCHRISTIAN BENTEKE claimed Crystal Palace have “no excuses” after this weekend’s 4-0 defeat to Spurs. He told Palace TV: “They deserved the win and this afternoon, they were the better team.“We had a slow start, and soon it was 2-0 to them and we knew it was going to be difficult. “There is no excuse because the starting XI was I think, strong, and we were also on a good run with two wins a row and we wanted to keep it going. “But unfortunately we were up against a top teem and we can just blame ourselves.” Joe Miles16 Sep 2019, 1:55 pmA SHOW of passion from Tottenham star Son Heung-min.