What is the object of epidemiological interventions during an epidemic? Is it the virus, the disease, the fear, the chaos, or the threat to security? And what is the objective of those interventions? Is it to eliminate the virus, to mitigate the effects of the disease, to calm the fear, to control the chaos, or to defeat the threat?
time doing public health work in Guatemala in the 1990s and early 2000s has
shaped how I think about emergencies. Working for an underresourced health
system, my sensation was that we were always trying to implement new programs
in the midst of a perpetual institutional crisis. On top of that, we would have
to leave everything to deal with …