The next pandemic could be much sooner and more severe than we think. COVID-19 is not the only pandemic of this decade; we’ve seen a drumbeat of epidemiological events just as the frequency and severity of spillover infectious diseases are steadily increasing. Over the past decades, we have experienced several outbreaks, such as the Swine flu, Ebola, Zika, and recently, COVID-19. Viral outbreaks will undoubtedly continue to occur, and it is not unlikely that future pandemics may come from either unknown or understudied viruses. Because vaccines often take years to develop, a different approach may be needed to prepare and respond to future outbreaks and pandemics.
As we move away from an emergency response to dealing with the lasting impacts of COVID-19, we must learn the lessons around what we did well and what we did poorly and develop clear plans for preventing, where possible, and mitigating the impact of, when not, any future pandemic. The COVID-19 pandemic wasn’t the first to devastate the world and it won’t be the last. In our upcoming webinar, we round up emerging infectious threats that have the potential to erupt into global pandemics. We invite you to join us on August 25th 2022 by 12:00 pm WAT to discuss the preparedness of the workplace for such changes.