As the Coronavirus continues to spread to other countries around the world, more officials are starting to take notice and plan for a potential pandemic. Even though state and local governments have pandemic contingency plans in place and some have started practice drills, a number of problems are already cropping up.
Monitoring new cases of Coronavirus in 3rd world countries. Many don’t have the staff or money for properly identifying new cases and containing them. Educating local people about Coronavirus difficult. Poor healthcare systems. They are not able to care for people already suffering from poverty, disease and HIV. A pandemic would be catastrophic in these countries.
Anti-virals. A new antiviral cannot be made until the virus that passes from person to person is identified. Production and distribution would take 6 months or more from the start of the pandemic.
First responders and healthcare workers would be overwhelmed. May not have enough protection from Coronavirus if a new vaccine is not developed.
Hospitals would be overwhelmed. No isolation space for Coronavirus patients, just in time inventory of masks, syringes, IV bags, staff shortages, hospital beds filled to capacity now.
Funeral homes would be overwhelmed. Not enough caskets in stock. Not enough staff for handling bodies and burial. No capacity for large number of fatalities. People dying at home would need to be picked up by workers in biohazard suits.
Local officials saying people should have enough food on hand for a “few days” when a pandemic could keep people housebound for weeks or months at a time.
Communication between local, state and federal officials. Deciding the timing on crucial decisions as to closing of schools, limiting travel, eliminating public events and quarantines. Deciding how and when public vaccinations would take place.
A Coronavirus pandemic could develop faster then expected catching those unprepared off guard. It is vital that local, state and federal governments along with the business community continue to plan for what could be a catastrophic event if not contained.