Pandemic Response: From Containment to Mitigation

Recommendations for mitigation:

Short term:

  • Divert resources from contact tracing and surveillance to case management and restoration of routine services
  • Enforce physical distancing, consistent use of masks/ PPE, hygiene measures
  • Implement compliance-linked permissions to operate businesses and services
  • Consider scheduling services/ businesses on specific days of the week to minimize crowding
  • Enforce mobility restrictions in public spaces (limit the number of people permitted outside at the same time)
  • Resume transport services with restrictions on number of passengers
  • Stagger the reopening of educational institutions
  • Defer sports and entertainment events (or conduct them fully online- advertising revenue will be available; viewers may be charged an access fee as well)

Long term (preparedness):

  • Invest in developing public health systems and primary health care
  • Establish surveillance systems designed to deal with a pandemic situation
  • Test pandemic preparedness from time to time
  • Establish norms for businesses, services and education that require pandemic planning

Attributions:

Figures 1 and 2 have been sourced from:

‘Pandemics: Risks, Impacts, and Mitigation’ by Nita Madhav and others in ‘Disease control priorities, 3rd Edition’, available from: https://www.ncbi.nlm.nih.gov/books/NBK525289/pdf/Bookshelf_NBK525289.pdf

The featured image has been sourced from https://www.ghsindex.org and represents pandemic preparedness of various countries in October 2019.

Useful Links and further reading:

https://reader.elsevier.com/reader/sd/pii/S0925753520301703?token=6BE01B2C0FC4F435C7544A62A31F9148064B9213281D3A49F96C10D1CC13E107E6AC21BFDF629728D7692F08AE3C53CD

https://bmcpublichealth.biomedcentral.com/track/pdf/10.1186/1471-2458-13-211

https://www.nature.com/articles/nature04795.pdf

https://bmcpublichealth.biomedcentral.com/track/pdf/10.1186/1471-2458-13-211

https://www.thelancet.com/pdfs/journals/lancet/PIIS0140-6736(20)30567-5.pdf

https://www.ncbi.nlm.nih.gov/pmc/articles/PMC6352812/pdf/bmjgh-2018-001157.pdf

https://www.ghsindex.org

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