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Throughout this course we have looked at various outbreaks caused by a variety of organisms as well as throughout different time periods. Our society has changed drastically and this results in numerous advantages and disadvantages when it comes to epidemics. For this discussion I would like you to discuss these. Please be sure to include references. Not all the advantages and disadvantages will be found in scientific literature so for this discussion you may include popular sources but you must include at least one scientific reference for full credit.
Response 1 (Response to this post must be conversational and respectful to the students views, add reference, must have substance behind it)
The way that our society has changed and adapted after various disease outbreaks do have both advantages and disadvantages. In terms of advantages, I think our society has an advantage over previous societies because of the advancement in biomedical technology and the understanding of disease causes and transmission. This puts our society at an advantage when it comes to disease outbreaks because of the extensive knowledge and resources that have been developed. The use of the internet and social media can be both an advantage and disadvantage depending on the information that is being relayed during an epidemic. Public health officials can use social media to inform and educate the public on disease prevention. Social media and the internet can also put our society at a disadvantage which is something we have witnessed during the COVID-19 pandemic. Unfortunately, the internet and social media can be a place for people to share misinformation concerning a disease outbreak. This puts out society at a disadvantage because many people do not know how to differentiate between reliable information and false information leading to the disruption of social distancing measures and distrust among the public. Our society is also disadvantaged during disease outbreaks because the United States does not have universal healthcare. Not having universal healthcare in the country may be putting out society at a disadvantage because people who are ill may refuse to be treated or seek medical attention because they cannot afford the medical expense. This is damaging to our society because it may allow for the disease outbreak to spread worse.
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Peter Frankopan Professor of Global History. (2020). Past pandemics exacerbated disadvantages – what we can learn from them about the coronavirus recovery. https://theconversation.com/past-pandemics-exacerbated-disadvantages-what-we-can-learn-from-them-about-the-coronavirus-recovery-141254
Response 2 Response to this post must be conversational and respectful to the students views, add reference, must have substance behind it
These are some of the most notable (in my opinion) advantages and disadvantages to how society changes after a healthcare crisis:
Advantages to changes in society resulting from epidemics:
Disadvantages to changes in society resulting from epidemics:
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Rodriguez, A. (2020, April 14). Outbreak Uptake: Amazing Positives from Pandemic History. Retrieved August 06, 2020, from https://news.ucdenver.edu/outbreak-uptake-amazing-positives-from-pandemic-history/