Institute:Office of National Coordinator (ONC) Workforce Training Curriculum
Component:Introduction to Health Care and Public Health in the U.S.
Unit:Public Health - Part 2
Lecture:Bioterrorism, Agricultural Terrorism, Chemical Terrorism, Nuclear Terrorism
Slide content:Overt versus Covert Bioterrorism Classified as Overt (announced) or Covert (unannounced) Overt attacks - intend to create psychological (panic) damage along with physical damage, as well as to encourage spread of an agent (exposed people fleeing spread the agent) Covert attacks - intend to cause maximum damage before a response can be mounted. Methods debated for detection for covert attacks include laboratory results and syndromic surveillance 6
Slide notes:Terrorism may be either overt, announced, or covert, unannounced. In addition to physical damage, overt attacks are designed to create psychological damage or panic. Panic also induces flight, which can help spread an agent. Covert attacks are intended to cause as much damage as possible before an effective response can be mounted. 6