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Lessons Learned from the COVID-19 Pandemic: NeuroCOV Partners Share Their Thoughts on the International Day of Epidemic Preparedness

Four years ago, the world began facing the emergence of the SARS-CoV-2 virus, marking the onset of a global pandemic that posed one of the most formidable challenges in recent decades. The repercussions extend far beyond the tragic loss of lives to the virus, as indelible marks persist on individuals, healthcare systems, and society at large.

Now, as we continue to reflect on the impact of this global crisis, a crucial question arises: What does it mean for us, as a society, to be ready for the health challenges that lie ahead? Are we destined to navigate uncharted waters once again, or can we actively work towards positive changes in how we confront future threats to our well-being? On the International Day of Epidemic Preparedness, we at NeuroCOV reached out to our partners, seeking their insights on the way forward.

Swift action, open data, and sound research—our triad shield against pandemics. Rapid response, transparent data sharing with the scientific and local communities, and evidence-based strategies are key to protecting us from emerging infectious diseases. By fostering a culture of collaboration and making science accessible to all, we can effectively prevent health crises.

Dr. Fabiola Curion, Postdoctoral Researcher

The onset of the COVID-19 pandemic in the last three years underlined the necessity to build a solid and inclusive healthcare system—one capable of addressing the critical challenges of contemporary society, such as the impact of globalisation, mental health, and the accessibility of scientific research to the general public. Proper communication of scientific discoveries is key to ensuring everyone has the tools to understand past, present, and future events shaped by the spread of SARS-CoV-2. As scientists, we bear the collective responsibility to disseminate knowledge and lay the foundational bricks upon which such a healthcare system is to be built.

Alessia Valenti, PhD Student

The COVID-19 pandemic has had a devastating impact on human lives from various perspectives. This has shed light on the need to build a robust and enduring health system capable of sharing scientific knowledge and best practices for epidemic prevention at the local, national, and international levels. As a new PhD student, I am eager to actively contribute to the forefront of pandemic preparedness. I firmly believe that only through a united and collective effort can we make the substantial difference that is urgently required and rightfully deserved.

Flavio Passante, PhD Student