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Chronicle of a pandemic foretold: learning from the COVID-19 failure—before the next outbreak arrives.

Osterholm MT, Olshaker M. Chronicle of a pandemic foretold: learning from the COVID-19 failure—before the next outbreak arrives. Foreign Affairs. July/August 2020;99(4)

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July 1, 2020
Osterholm MT, Olshaker M. Foreign Affairs. 2020;99:4.

Failures in high-consequence industries are apt to be highly visible.  This article examines the COVID-19 pandemic through a system failure lens. The authors highlight preparatory, policy, financial and prioritization missteps that have contributed to the spread of COVID-19 and recommend learning from this experience to enhance the safety of the health care system for future outbreaks.    

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Osterholm MT, Olshaker M. Chronicle of a pandemic foretold: learning from the COVID-19 failure—before the next outbreak arrives. Foreign Affairs. July/August 2020;99(4)

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