Why do we need a pandemic management system?

pandemic management system

Risks

  • Throughout history, most pandemics that have appeared around the world are caused by viral diseases that are first seen in animals.
  • A pandemic spread becomes deadly to a mass population when we are unable to predict the way it diffuses into the human population.
  • Also when it comes to pandemic preparedness, both Central and West African countries lag far behind the rest of the world.
  • Probabilistic modeling methods and many other analytical tools could be used to analyze the potential pandemic risk and the potential burden that a pandemic could have on society.
  • Privacy concerns are associated with most of contact tracing applications.
  • COVID-19 is one such deadly pathogen that has been declared as a pandemic. Analysis indicates that if left alone in a year, there is an 80% chance of COVID-19 pandemic causing nearly 15 million deaths or more worldwide.

Impacts

  • A potential pandemic can cause a considerable increase in morbidity and mortality to low to middle-income countries (LMICs).
  • Moreover, a pandemic spread could cause adverse effects on an economy through multiple channels, this involves both short-term fiscal shocks and long-term negative shocks that could disrupt economic growth.
  • The behavioral changes due to fear of being infected shown by people in the time of a pandemic spread could make them have an aversion to working environments and public gatherings — this is the main source of the long-term negative shock.
  • It could even create an unbalance in the economic condition of society.
  • War-prone country borders, countries with political instability or weak law and order systems, quarantine measures could even set ablaze violence and tension between states and citizens.

Mitigation

  • A viable method for pandemic preparedness involves restraining the overuse of resources, strengthening public health infrastructure, better situational awareness, and constantly monitoring potential sources of pandemic spread.
  • During a pandemic spread, it’s better to have a response team capable of conveying situational awareness, coordinated health care messages, and treating the infected ones.
  • A reliable pandemic response plan should be able to provide treatment for the infected without intervention and at the same time should also protect the health care members from being infected themselves.
  • But for countries with poor pandemic preparedness plans, their chances to shut down the pandemic spread in their country entirely depends on foreign aid providers.
  • But then again, there are limits to how much foreign aid providers could do if it’s a full-scale global pandemic spread.
  • Also, a government must be ready with risk pooling mechanisms like insurance coverages, tax exemptions, setting up quarantine shelters for the infected, etc are all viable choices for controlling a pandemic spread.

Knowledge Gaps

  • Firstly, poor tracking of the spending's on pandemic preparedness and response efforts would definitely backfire on the government itself.
  • Secondly, it’s better to accept that there is no widely accepted action plan for any pandemic spread.
  • Thirdly, moreover every data associated with a pandemic crisis handling action plan comes from high-income countries (HIC’s), thus it leads to biasing and vulnerable blind spots in the pandemic action plan of low to middle-income countries (LMIC’s).
  • Red - COVID19 Infected Person
  • Yellow - Secondary Contact
  • Orange - Primary Contact
  • Green - Not Infected Yet
  • Grey - Recovered Patient

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Accubits Technologies is an enterprise solutions development company focusing on AI and Blockchain technologies, based in Virginia, USA. https://accubits.com/

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Accubits Technologies is an enterprise solutions development company focusing on AI and Blockchain technologies, based in Virginia, USA. https://accubits.com/

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