In the summer of 2019, a deadly new pandemic swept through the world, killing hundreds of millions of people before it was contained. It was the worst pandemic in recorded history, and it was very nearly the end of the world as we knew it. The disease spread quickly, and in a world that had never before been exposed to a new disease, it was all but impossible to contain it.
The COVID-19 Pandemic turned out to be much deadlier than experts had predicted. Still, despite its extreme intensity, it offered some important lessons that helped us to prepare for the next pandemic.
If we could turn back time and change how we dealt with the COVID-19 pandemic, what would we do differently?
What COVID-19 Pandemic Have and Still Continues To Teach Us
It’s hard to believe that nearly 18 months ago, COVID-19 struck the United States and turned the country upside-down. Hundreds of thousands of people were left dead or dying. It was the worst pandemic in recorded history. If you thought you were immune to COVID-19, at least one in three people in the U.S. caught the disease. As bad as COVID-19 was, we can learn from it and be better prepared for the next outbreak of infectious disease.
The COVID-19 pandemic has been over for a few years now (in some countries), but the effects are still felt today, and hopefully not, will be for decades to come. Here are a few of the lessons we’ve learned from the pandemic:
- We have to continue to adapt our medical infrastructure and treatment protocols to be able to handle the risks that the mutations of the virus present. The public health infrastructure, especially in some parts of the world, still has a long way to go.
In the wake of the COVID-19 pandemic, many nations have been forced to assess their ability to handle medical crises. While there is no question that the United States has made great strides in responding to public health crises in recent years, the COVID-19 outbreak has revealed that we still have much to learn about our response to public health emergencies.
- We have to continue to adapt our knowledge of the biology of the virus to create better treatments and vaccines. What do we mean by this? The virus has evolved. Antibodies to the original strain of the virus, known as H12, have been found. The virus is changing its structure to escape the antibodies that are specifically designed to attack it. The virus has evolved since the last pandemic, and the world has had to evolve its defenses against it.
- Increase international cooperation on health issues. During this pandemic, countries around the globe worked together to help contain the disease. This cooperation was not always easy or smooth, but it did provide better outcomes than if each country had worked alone.
- No matter how old you are or how much money you make, everyone can be affected by a virus. That’s one of the key lessons we learned during the COVID-19 pandemic, which has killed more than 34 million people worldwide.
Here are the important points we should continue to adapt and learn:
- Implement contingency plans in case a similar event happens again. Countries have to train and prepare to deal with this type of situation. These plans need to be in place for a variety of reasons. First, the government needs to be prepared in the event that they are unable to help the general public. Second, government officials also need to be prepared in the event they need to control the spread of the disease.
The government must work quickly to educate the public and ensure that every citizen is prepared for this momentous occasion. The government should begin by conducting an extensive advertising campaign to ensure that all citizens are aware of the imminent threat of the virus.
- Hospitals should be devoted to patients who have the COVID-19 virus as well as other ordinary diseases. As we know, the role of a hospital is to provide healthcare to the sick and injured, but what happens when everyone in the world is sick or injured? This is the reason why hospitals designated for this should be equipped with enough medical supplies so that patients who have the COVID-19 virus can be treated. Also, doctors should have enough training on how to treat patients who have the COVID-19 virus.
The pandemic hit us hard, and we lost a lot of our friends and loved ones. We are still feeling its effects, but we’ve learned a lot of lessons during our time experiencing it. The most important lesson is that you should always be ready for anything, even a pandemic, because you don’t want to be caught ill-prepared when one comes along.