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2021 Prediction: The Next Pandemic

February 19, 2021 Leave a comment DRI Admin

The DRI International Future Vision Committee has released its 6th Annual Predictions Report, looking ahead to 2021 and its impact on the resilience community. Click here to download the complete report free from the DRI Library, and read on for a prediction on how we’ll respond to the next pandemic.

Prediction: Fear of another pandemic or other health emergency continues to influence behavior for several years

Health measures introduced during the pandemic such as wearing masks, avoiding crowded spaces, social distancing, and improved personal hygiene will become more regular features of life whenever flu or some other infectious disease emerges. There will be continued focus on health response, vaccine, and therapeutic development, as well as reforms of vulnerable sectors such as aged care. Travel bubbles, with periodic lockdowns to rapidly changing countries or regions will lead to more confusion and interruption until most of the developed world is relatively Covid-19 free.

It has been said that “pandemics come every 100 years, and we were overdue for this one.” Since 2000, we have had three (avian flu, swine flu and Covid-19) plus the two respiratory infections above which could easily have become pandemics. It is not unlikely that we will have another one quite soon.

Finally, one critical health threat that is often overlooked is what happens when antibiotics are no longer effective against bacterial diseases. That will not happen in 2021, but it might be sooner than we think.

Join us for the free online Resilience Excellence Summit Mar. 1-3 to continue the conversation. DRI Future Vision Committee Chair Lyndon Bird will be on hand with a panel on Mar. 2 discussing the findings of these reports and the shape of the coming year.

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