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Can we do better? A guide to pandemics – some Dos and Don'ts for the next one

Tang, Julian W.; Kwok, Kin On; Loh, Tze Ping; Lee, Chun Kiat; Heraud, Jean-Michel; Dancer, Stephanie J.


Julian W. Tang

Kin On Kwok

Tze Ping Loh

Chun Kiat Lee

Jean-Michel Heraud


Specific features of any rapidly spread pathogen needs early recognition and assessment for possible pandemic potential.
These include: inter-person transmissibility and exponential spread, which results in significant morbidity, mortality.
These also include its ability to continue spreading locally, nationally and internationally, without attenuation over time.
Inter-pandemic funding and maintenance of capability is essential and can feed into ongoing routine healthcare resource use.
Delayed interventional responses during the early pandemic can have severe consequences on public health and the economy.

Journal Article Type Letter
Acceptance Date Apr 17, 2021
Online Publication Date Apr 21, 2021
Publication Date 2021-07
Deposit Date May 14, 2021
Journal Journal of Infection
Print ISSN 0163-4453
Publisher Elsevier
Peer Reviewed Peer Reviewed
Volume 83
Issue 1
Pages 119-145
Keywords Infectious diseases; pandemics; preparation
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