Health workers wearing personal protective equipment (PPE) take part in a mock drill to check preparations of Covid-19 facilities at JLNM hospital in downtown Srinagar on April 10, 2023.

Synopsis

Analysing the factors that led to large-scale disruption during the second wave of the Covid-19 in 2021, a study has zeroed in on the issues that need to be prioritised to deal with a similar outbreak in the future.

The World Health Organization (WHO) calls it Disease X. It does not exist now, but it is a concept floated by WHO to gauge the readiness of any country to fight a pandemic in the future. The model underscores the importance of vigilance, research, and preparedness in the face of emerging infectious diseases that may have a fatality rate of Ebola and is as infectious as measles. The Covid-19 pandemic killed 6.9 million people, and for Disease X,

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