Your textbook describes the challenges and mass hysteria that would be present in a widespread biological attack. It also discusses the different ways that people might react. Some will take themselves to the hospital because they become psychosomatic, clogging the hospital with unnecessary walk-in patients. On the other hand, others will refuse to be vaccinated and will risk spreading the biological agent.
In addition, watch this short video segment on Responsible Reporting of a Bioterrorism Attack (Segment 10 of 15) to get a better insight about response to a hypothetical bioterrorism attack on a U.S. city.
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In this environment, what would you do if you were the decision-maker following a widespread biological attack? Contrast the two models of public health response discussed in the textbook (coercive and cooperative) to a bioterrorism attack, and describe how they might be employed in a bioterrorism attack response. Explain the process of decontamination and how it impacts a bioterrorism event and the importance of tracking a bioterrorism attack on the population.
Your assignment must be at least two pages in length and in APA style. You are required to use at least one outside source besides the textbook. All sources used, including the textbook, must be referenced; paraphrased and quoted material must have accompanying APA citations. Ensure that your assignment begins with an introduction.
In one of this unit’s case studies from your textbook, “Predicting Peril of the Peril of Prediction? Assessing the Risk of CBRN Terrorism,” Gregory Koblentz discusses three different schools of thought regarding the likelihood of a CBRN terrorist attack: optimism, pessimism, and pragmatism. He further asserts that heuristics and biases play a role in which school of thought a layperson or an expert might fall into.
Which school of thought do you fall into? What heuristics and biases do you think have influenced your opinion? Is there anything that you found in this reading that has made you question or rethink your opinion? Would a quantitative risk assessment be helpful in determining the likelihood of a terrorist chemical, biological, radiological, nuclear, or high-yield explosive (CBRNE) attack in the United States?
In this paper, consider the political, philosophical, and religious perspectives of the various actors in the war on terror and how they affect their perceptions of risk. Also, include a discussion of how future technologies may affect major casualties concerning current nonproliferation treaties and agreements and calculations, and document your reasoning.
This reflection paper should be a minimum of two pages in length and is an opportunity for you to express your thoughts about the assignment. Reflection writing is a great way to study because it increases your ability to remember the course material.
Format your reflection paper using APA style. All sources used, including the textbook, must be referenced; paraphrased and quoted material must have accompanying citations.