Prevent the next pandemic from entering the United States

Deployment of a national COVID-19 screening and quarantine program developed for travelers coming to the United States has serious flaws Report show up.

Researchers and other experts charged with recommending ways to strengthen the previously developed program Centers for Disease Control and Prevention To prevent the spread of disease, I found that the stations at the 20 US ports of entry and land border crossings, where the checks were conducted, were not about to snuff.

Experts have found that outdated technology has hampered efforts to quarantine and track people who have tested positive for COVID-19, impeded sharing of information among officials and restricted the ability to alert other travelers of potential exposure. According to him, the stations also lack a sufficient number of workers the reportconducted in 2021 and published by the National Academies of Sciences, Engineering, and Medicine.

The report, which was developed at the request of Centers for Disease Control and Prevention officials, was prepared by a panel of independent experts, including Jason WangPh.D., Ph.D., A Stanford Medicine Professor of Pediatrics and Health Policy, who has studied the technological aspects of the network; And the Michael BarryMD, Professor of Medicine and Tropical Diseases and Director of the College of Medicine Center for Innovation in Global Healthdisease control and response efforts.

In its first review since 2006 and in the aftermath of the SARS outbreak, the commission examined the existing network of quarantine stations and recommended steps to better prepare the system for the next pandemic or public health emergency.

Rethinking pandemic preparedness

So how can we best ward off potential incoming infections?

The commission suggested that US officials adjust their approach to border quarantine, recording and tracking of health data.

“The United States needs a quarantine station system that can meet the infectious disease challenges we know lie ahead,” George Benjamin, executive director of the American Public Health Association and chair of the committee, said in a press release about the report. On June 10.

“The CDC’s Quarantine Division must cover 300 ports of entry with just 20 quarantine stations, and is in a 24/7 state of emergency with outbreaks like Ebola, Zika, SARS-1 — and now COVID-,” Barry said. 19 and monkey pox”. A subsidiary of Stanford Health Policy. “They are chronically underfunded with high rates of burnout and they don’t have the ability to access sudden funding without going to Congress – which is an arduous process.”

Her team recommended that Congress easily make additional emergency funding available during emergency times of crisis and create a standby team of experienced professionals who would be available to go to quarantine stations and supplement staff during emergencies.

Data systems renewal

Wang, an expert in medical technology and health data management, provided guidance on how to improve data collection and sharing during an emergency. The COVID-19 pandemic has exposed astonishing shortcomings in technology infrastructure in Immigration and Quarantine Division, which is supervised by the Center for Disease Control. Wang stressed that more efficient and effective collection of health data from travelers, closely tracking transmission, and post-exposure alerting would be critical.

During the outbreak of the COVID-19 pandemic, Wang said, we faced the challenge of a rapidly spreading virus. Committee briefing from the report. “Clearly we will need more efficient ways to collect data, share data across data systems, and scale that data. New technologies offer us opportunities to do that.”

If public health systems and data are not updated before the next pandemic or public health emergency, we can expect the same outcomes as this pandemic, he said, “we can and should do better.”

Noting that, Wang said, it’s not impossible Research It shows how big data analytics, proactive testing, and new technologies have fought the coronavirus in Taiwan.

Wang also suggested that new technologies — such as CRISPR-based diagnostic tests, wastewater detection for pathogens and Bluetooth-like technology for contact tracing — could and should play a role in more efficient and effective detection, monitoring and prevention of infectious diseases.

This story is based on the original Issuance.

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