Disasters are often unexpected by their very nature, leaving little time, if any, to prepare. That is why it is so important to put time into planning and preparation long before the disaster strikes.
Governments around the world are preparing by introducing new measures and technology to keep the Covid-19 virus under control. Preparedness includes plans and other preparations made to save lives and facilitate response and recovery operations. Understanding how the virus is transmitted, the population most at risk (demographics), the spectrum of the disease, and the most effective ways to detect, interrupt and contain transmission are all important input in order to prepare adequate responses.
Adding understanding of historical movement of the public, such as travel patterns, gathering points and the number of individuals at these locations at different times gives the possibility for modelling the possible geographical spread and speed in transmission of the disease.
The capability to detect how many persons that currently are in a particular geographical region can be used to dimension your health care capacity properly, looking at both public and private facilities, including provisioning of personnel, medicines, diagnostics and other supplies. Based on this prepare guidance instructions for where people should be directed for healthcare.
Tools supporting improved preparedness will become a “must” for nations in handling the current pandemic and preparing for future crisis scenarios.