One would think that a catastrophe like the Spanish flu a hundred years ago was indelibly imprinted on human memory. But far from it: the corona pandemic caught us on the wrong foot. The reaction was much too slow. The preparations were inadequate, there was a lack of protective equipment. To date, we have not got the situation under control. The only bright spot are the vaccines.
We will have to prepare for a return of the epidemics and sharpen our precautions. What’s next for us? What can we do, what must we do? The NZZ editor-in-chief is talking about coping with the Covid 19 crisis and possible next pandemics Eric Gujer with the ETH biostatistician and mathematician Tanja Stadler.