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The More Efficient Way Of Managing The Covid-19 Pandemic

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We can stay one step ahead of the subsequent epidemic or pandemic by continuing to detect and monitor infectious disease outbreaks.

Many countries realized they were unable to handle the onset of this novel infectious disease when the Covid-19 pandemic struck in 2020.

This was predicted in the 2019 Global Health Security study, which found that just one-third of nations were adequately prepared for a catastrophic biological event and that no country was protected.

In addition, public health professionals understood that early detection of novel infectious diseases and a prompt response were essential to protect a population's health and the economy as well as the free flow of people and things around the world.

Covid-19 was identified by the World Health Organization (WHO) in December 2019, but it was claimed that the virus may have first appeared in China as early as November of that same year (or maybe even before that). Was there a chance that this was not the Alpha strain?

We may never know because many nations that could have been better prepared for a pandemic linked to the respiratory system lacked the necessary systems in place.

The majority of countries experienced multiple waves of the pandemic over the past two years, with each wave frequently bringing about more cases and deaths than the one before, despite their best efforts to control the spread of infection during these unusual times.

To keep the pandemic under control, some nations put ongoing regulations on their population, which may have seriously harmed the economy and individual liberties.

On the other hand, other nations adopted a set of laws known as the "traffic light system," where the "red light" represented the greatest risk and, as a result, called for the strictest enforcement.

Typically, several factors, including the prevalence of the disease, test positivity rates, vaccination rates, and other indicators that each country felt significant, were used to establish the amount of stringency.

The Malaysian government decided to choose a course of action based on the demands and circumstances of the time. Although widespread lockdowns were considered beneficial and effective at the beginning of the epidemic, they came at a cost.

While there is not enough information to determine which technique is most effective in containing a pandemic of this magnitude, early action is crucial in lowering Covid-19 infection and mortality rates.

An overview of the situation in Malaysia is provided below using information retrieved from the nation's Covid-19 open-source data repository. In Malaysia, there were 0 to 300 new instances of Covid-19 infection every day at the beginning of the epidemic.

In response to an increase in incidents, the authorities instituted stringent lockdowns and limited public movement. In Malaysia, there were 7,095 cases and 115 fatalities in the first half of 2020.

Without assistance, the increase in cases is anticipated to be on par with the previous wave, however with significantly fewer deaths due to the nation's high immunization rates.

There are two reasons for the slow reaction to new viral strains. First off, despite significant efforts to increase genetic sequencing capacity in response to the epidemic, it is still insufficient in many nations, especially lower-income nations, due to technical competence, requirements, and associated costs.

The WHO has identified this as a critical need in ensuring global pandemic preparedness and has called for increasing all nations' capacity to do effective genome sequencing for at least 3% of all confirmed cases, with transparent reporting methods.

As a result, we will be able to take the required preventive measures, especially if the nation decides to implement the traffic light system for mitigation, which will allow us to grasp the situation accurately and regulate it as soon as possible.

Most nations are unable to afford another border shutdown and severe lockdown. Therefore, the prevention of another significant health catastrophe and economic disruption is best accomplished through preparation.

We can stay one step ahead of the subsequent epidemic or pandemic by continuing to detect and monitor infectious disease outbreaks.

A practical way to do this might be through the use of an AI-driven infectious disease surveillance system. It enables nations to invest in a healthcare system that can stop the spread of contagious diseases, lower the number of fatalities, and maintain the economy in the face of public health threats.  

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