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An Epidemic Recovery Framework to Jumpstart Analysis, Planning, and Action on a Neglected Aspect of Global Health Security

Monica Schoch-Spana, PhD
Date posted:
May 01, 2020
Publication type:
Clinical Infectious Diseases
Oxford University Press
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Epidemic readiness and response command the disproportionate attention of health security decision-makers, planners, and practitioners, overshadowing recovery. How patients and their families, health organizations, community sectors, and entire societies recuperate from major outbreaks requires more systematic study and better translation into policy and guidance. To help remedy this neglected aspect of health emergency management, we offer a working definition for epidemic recovery and a preliminary model of post-epidemic recovery. Guiding this framework’s development are insights gleaned from the more mature study of post-disaster reconstruction and rehabilitation as well as recognition that post-outbreak recovery – which involves infectious disease, a biological hazard – presents challenges and opportunities distinct from events involving geological or meteorological hazards. Future work includes developing a consensus around characteristics of successful epidemic recovery, applying these metrics to support pre-incident planning for post-epidemic recovery, and using such a scheme to track and inform actual recovery from an epidemic.



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