Preparing for the Next Wave of COVID-19: Resilience in the Face of a Spreading Pandemic
COVID-19 painfully demonstrates how little resilience our societies have to novel viruses. Societies, decision makers, and scientists lack (1) a comprehensive understanding of the complexity of viral outbreaks and their impact on society; (2) intervention portfolios; and (3) a global crisis and resilience policy, all of which are required to develop appropriate measures and to improve societal resilience.
We highlight COVID-19 immunity as one key benchmark in preparation for the next wave of the pandemic. Specifically, using network scenarios, we demonstrate the substantial advantage of reintegrating health care workers with acquired COVID-19 immunity in epidemic hotspots, which would not only enable their safe contribution to the health care system but also drastically contain further spread.
G. Steiner, L. Zenk, E. Schernhammer, Preparing for the Next Wave of COVID-19: Resilience in the Face of a Spreading Pandemic, International Journal of Environmental Research and Public Health 17 (11) (2020) 4098