One year after the onset of the COVID-19 pandemic, leaders in healthcare and scientists shared fourteen lessons they learned for the next pandemic in a March 15 article published in The New York Times.
Here are five of the lessons from healthcare professionals and scientists:
1. Prioritize what is scientifically known
“Inaccurate information and indecisive action on the part of the U.S. government led the country to catastrophic failure,” Akiko Iwasaki, PhD, a professor of immunology at New Haven, Conn.-based Yale University, told the Times.
She pointed to limited testing early on and confusing protocols as weak points, and said the government must prioritize what is proven by scientific evidence.
2. Figure out who gets priority treatment
“Come up with your plans on how to allocate vaccines early and deploy them to states so they can put them into…