“Those who fail to learn from history are destined to repeat it.”
Let’s get the lessons straight, well documented, and get prepared for the next one, as Bill Gates said prophetically in 2016! Despite the fact that outbreaks seem to come as a big surprise to the population and health officials, they are cyclical! This is the reality of modern times.
After months of media clips showing China dealing with this virus, the World Health Organization declared a pandemic on March 11, 2020, this announcement being based on very early experience and forecasts employing statistical models done by experts. This was after major US media outlets had down-played the seriousness and the U.S. administration was admonished for curtailing air traffic from China.
Within the health and public policy community, there was very little knowledge of the virus and its characteristics.
Ken McGeorge, BS,DHA,CHE is a career health care executive based in Fredericton, NB, Canada.