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Preparing for the Next Wave of COVID-19: Resilience in the Face of a Spreading Pandemic

by 1,2,†, 1,† and 2,3,4,*,†
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Department of Knowledge and Communication Management, Faculty of Business and Globalization, Danube University Krems, 3500 Krems an der Donau, Austria
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Complexity Science Hub Vienna, 1090 Vienna, Austria
3
Department of Epidemiology, Center for Public Health, Medical University of Vienna, 1090 Vienna, Austria
4
Channing Division of Network Medicine, Harvard Medical School, Boston, MA 02115, USA
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Author to whom correspondence should be addressed.
All authors contributed equally.
Int. J. Environ. Res. Public Health 2020, 17(11), 4098; https://doi.org/10.3390/ijerph17114098
Received: 4 May 2020 / Revised: 3 June 2020 / Accepted: 4 June 2020 / Published: 8 June 2020
COVID-19 painfully demonstrates how little resilience our societies have to novel viruses. Societies, decision makers, and scientists lack (1) a comprehensive understanding of the complexity of viral outbreaks and their impact on society; (2) intervention portfolios; and (3) a global crisis and resilience policy, all of which are required to develop appropriate measures and to improve societal resilience. We highlight COVID-19 immunity as one key benchmark in preparation for the next wave of the pandemic. Specifically, using network scenarios, we demonstrate the substantial advantage of reintegrating health care workers with acquired COVID-19 immunity in epidemic hotspots, which would not only enable their safe contribution to the health care system but also drastically contain further spread. View Full-Text
Keywords: pandemic spread; healthcare workers; COVID-19; network scenarios pandemic spread; healthcare workers; COVID-19; network scenarios
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Steiner, G.; Zenk, L.; Schernhammer, E. Preparing for the Next Wave of COVID-19: Resilience in the Face of a Spreading Pandemic. Int. J. Environ. Res. Public Health 2020, 17, 4098. https://doi.org/10.3390/ijerph17114098

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Steiner G, Zenk L, Schernhammer E. Preparing for the Next Wave of COVID-19: Resilience in the Face of a Spreading Pandemic. International Journal of Environmental Research and Public Health. 2020; 17(11):4098. https://doi.org/10.3390/ijerph17114098

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