PERSPECTIVES

Tooling up for a Future of Infectious Disease

2020-06-11


Environmental changes, new lifestyles, diet and a high level of mobility are expected to give rise to a wide array of infectious diseases that could emerge as the number-one threat to civilization. To minimize the loss of lives and societal disruptions, a set of digitally-enabled measures can ensure that we are better prepared for whatever the future brings.

Industrialization, technological advancements and globalization have led to tremendous societal progress, but also made humanity susceptible to infectious disease. Vastly changed lifestyles and diets, increased global mobility, climatic changes, etc. have made us increasing vulnerable to a host of known, and unknown, diseases. If the recent past is any indication, infectious disease is expected to proliferate and emerge as our number-one existential threat.

What follows is a by-the-numbers look at the projected proliferation of infectious disease and a set of recommendations for applying digitally-powered tools to combat the recurring scourge of infectious disease.

To learn more, read our special report “The Future of Infectious Disease.”