Preparing for Future Pandemics and Disease Outbreaks

A self-employed doctor, William D. Jones, MD practices in Oklahoma City, OK. William D. Jones obtained his BA from Vanderbilt University in Nashville and MD from Brown University in Rhode Island. He is interested in general public health and preventive medicine.

The COVID-19 pandemic has highlighted the need for the public and the medical sector to be prepared for future pandemics and disease outbreaks. Here are three areas that might help the world’s preparedness for future pandemics and disease outbreaks.

Collaborative action at the global level
This includes sharing resources with less endowed countries to address gaps in health preparedness and the distribution of medical supplies.

Boosting vaccinations across the world
The sting of future variants might be reduced by higher vaccination rates.

Improving communication to the public
Engaging communities can help to boost levels of preparedness and response strategies. This calls for an integrated and coordinated approach by the government and stakeholders to avoid effort duplication.