Diane DiEuliis, Peter Emanuel, James Giordano and Alexander Titus
A common expression heard in the military is, “we are always fighting the last war.” In the face of global response to the COVID-19 crisis, the “last war” was the influenza pandemic of 1918.
Although history provides invaluable lessons, it is vital to re-contextualize the issues, problems and solutions of the past in light of the circumstances, capabilities and complexities of the present. The COVID-19 pandemic has generated a dilemma of ensuring public safety and health, while simultaneously attempting to stabilize and sustain the economy.
Meanwhile, demonstrably beneficial, available advanced technologies are not being fully utilized to maximize ethically sound, effective and efficient approaches to reducing the pandemic burden and its effects. If there was ever a time to put such tools to use, it is now. (Full Article)