During this corona-virus 😷 pandemic if you think isolation from the rest of the world is a solution, then probably you are thinking of going back to the Stone Age.

Do you think it’s a good idea? 🤔
Well, possibly.

However, evidence says – in the time of Middle Ages when there were no airplanes or trains, Black Death epidemics spread over the continents.

Considering this, I think it is a high time to think about the Participatory Epidemiology.

Participatory Epidemiology involves a disease surveillance system that collects data for public health action by directly involving the population at risk in submitting relevant data through a variety of survey tools. This can happen in many forms, from sophisticated mobile phone apps to simple hotlines.

To make it happen we need to have closer global and local cooperation so countries can share information more efficiently.

This is how it becomes everyone’s job. If everyone collaborates then we will be able to detect a health issue and take initiatives long before it goes beyond our control.

Smolinski, M. S., Crawley, A. W., Olsen, J. M., Jayaraman, T., & Libel, M. (2017). Participatory Disease Surveillance: Engaging Communities Directly in Reporting, Monitoring, and Responding to Health Threats. JMIR public health and surveillance, 3(4), e62. https://doi.org/10.2196/publichealth.7540

Harari, Yuval N., (2020, March 5). Coronavirus: Countries need to ‘help each other’ as deaths increase – BBC Newsnight [Video]. YouTube. https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=yNxAmRAYagQ