"This is a story like nothing else. If a severe pandemic flu strikes, it’s going to be all around us, all the time. We’re not going to be able to go in and out" Maggie Fox, Editor, Health and Science, Reuters
From this exercise, I've learned something new ~ that an outbreak can start in one country and not another country at the same time because it is in a different season (Spring one place, Winter another) and that it is imperative other countries about to enter the same season know what's happening.
I also realized that there isn't a universal tag that I'm aware of for reporting emergencies.
Scientists need to know, Health Authorities need to know, Emergency Responders need to know and Governments need to know in all countries but there doesn't seem to be a formalized way, currently news feeds are monitored for keywords, but what if there was a universal tag code, wouldn't that make it easier?
Reuters use a 'boilerplate' for their reporters to report in an emergency why don't citizens?
The tag could be something like:
9er0100 is 9TSCCCC means Emergency Type Severity CountryCode
E = universal symbol for emergency
T = E for earthquake, O for outbreak, etc
S = R (Red) High, Y (Yellow) OnWatch, G (Green) All Clear
C = Numeric number for each country
We have become accustomed to using tags now but if everyone knew their emergency tag code then it would work to quickly sort out and get the information quickly into the hands of the right people.