By: Rommel K Manwong
Area: Security and Safety, Resiliency Management, Applied Criminology
Fear and uncertainty are on top of any pandemic. Currently, there are not so many places in the world where the corona virus remains unknown. From the time it broke up, it spread like a disastrous fire and much effort to contain it is yet to be done. To this effect, people suddenly become religious and spiritual. But from here, there are more or less good things that it brought us besides hope and optimism.
PREPAREDNESS - People preparedness to the unwanted situation is being tested at the utmost point. When the government took the matter seriously by enhanced community quarantine and lockdown, it made people challenged to think about how to respond to the socio-economic impacts. It altered the mindset of people to innovate and create survival schemes. Positively, it brought us into a higher level of global health security concern, that requires global preparedness.
AWARENESS – People started to understand the differences and commonalities of an outbreak, an epidemic and a pandemic. Everyone became aware that things can get worst at indefinite time. COVID-19 is another eye opener for us to work out on the fundamentals of good planning and preparations.
NOTIFICATION AND SURVEILLANCE – countries and organizations are taught to prioritize technical solutions in the identification, diagnostics and speedy response even at short notice of an outbreak. Deep realization now comes that successful containment of pandemic relies on early recognition of human-to-human transmission, which requires a system for surveillance – the detection, collection, analysis, assessment and timely reporting of information pertaining to a pandemic. It further set that the early detection of a pandemic is crucial to a faster implementation measures to stop it.
DISINFECTION AND STERILIZATION – People learn to disinfect and sterilize. With the shortage of respirator masks as many people are considering wearing masks in public, people realized to go back to the basics of cleanliness. Positively, people are into the practice of enhanced personal hygiene.
ENHANCEMENT – After review of existing plans, policies, and programs, may organizations adopted to enhance their manuals involving global health security. Some companies realized the deficiency of plans against any outbreak, others just realized the need to create pandemic plans as part of their crisis