Who’s prepared for an epidemic? Not China

Who’s prepared for an epidemic? Not China

Which countries are the most and least prepared to contain large outbreaks of disease? The Global Health Security Index studied each country and revealed the best and worst prepared.

Suspended flights, temporary closed attractions, and millions of people in lockdown amid an extended nationwide holiday: The effects of an epidemic widespread in China known as the coronavirus.

Inside the United States, the Centers For Disease Control and Prevention stated that the total number of confirmed cases closes up to five, and all involve people who recently travelled to Wuhan, the epicenter of the outbreak. The coronavirus has been reported in close countries like Thailand, Malaysia, Singapore, Japan, South Korea, Vietnam, and counting, raising questions as to how government and authorities are controlling, containing and informing the general population about sanitation risks.

While China faces a very poor flow of accurate information and a low efficiency with containing public health threats, the Global Health Security Index was released and it assessed levels of global health security across 195 countries, listing how prepared some countries are when it comes to the ability of responding to an epidemic/pandemic.

The United States was named as the country with the strongest measures in place and it came first with 83.5 out of 100. The United Kingdom came second with 77.9 followed by the Netherlands with 75.6. Australia, Canada, Thailand, Sweden, Denmark, and South Korea figured as the countries most prepared. The map of the Global Health Security Index shows China at 51st with a score of 48.2, while Africa’s vulnerability is immediately noticeable.

Generally, the index finds weak global capacity when it comes to responding to health threats leading to enormous suffering like loss of life, weakening international relationships, economies, societal stability, and global security. Collectively, international preparedness is weak as many countries do not show evidence of the health security capacities and capabilities that are needed to prevent, detect, and respond to significant infectious disease outbreaks, and fewer than 7% of countries score in the highest tier8 for the ability to prevent the emergence or release of pathogens.

You can visit the full report here.

Map via Statista

2020-01-28T23:47:43+00:00

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