Alex Wilson

Strengthening our resilience

As we engage in long-term social distancing, we should learn and adapt so that we will be better prepared for a flood, a wildfire, an earthquake — even another pandemic

When most of us think about resilience, we imagine disturbances like intense storms, flooding, sea level rise, tornadoes, and wildfires. Clearly, pandemics need to be part of the resilience discussion as well. COVID-19, the coronavirus spreading rapidly worldwide, is bringing this aspect of resilience into sharp focus.

Resilience is about being prepared for the unexpected, about keeping safe during emergencies, and about bouncing back (and, yes, bouncing forward) from disturbances. Our resilience as individuals, as communities, and as countries is being tested.

Let's take a look at why resilience is so important during pandemics and what we can do to improve it.

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