Infectious diseases are a constant reality, yet it takes a shock to jolt the public’s attention and spur political action. The past weeks saw such as a shock at busy US airports, with the emergency quarantine of 3 flights. At the same time, seemingly a world away, insecurity, weak health systems, and distrust are fueling a second major Ebola outbreak in the Democratic Republic of Congo (DRC) this year. Yet reacting to periodic shocks won’t safeguard our collective future. Emergency preparedness requires proactive planning and funding, with US leadership pivotal.
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Scholarly Commons Citation
Gostin, Lawrence O., "Public Health Emergency Preparedness: Globalizing Risk, Localizing Threats" (2018). Georgetown Law Faculty Publications and Other Works. 2107.