How to avoid future “Covid-19 origins” questions?

Z. Su, D. McDonnell, A. Cheshmehzangi, J. Ahmad, S. Šegalo, C. P. da Veiga, Y. T. Xiang

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Origins debates regarding Covid-19 are gaining momentum again. In light of the continued infections and deaths of Covid-19 seen in countries rich and poor, rather than focusing the approach with “whodunit”, developing solutions that can help societies become better prepared for future pandemics might be a more meaningful way to move forward. In this paper, we propose a solution that could help society better predict and prevent future pandemics. A system could allow humans to anonymously report potential infectious disease outbreaks without fearing backlash or prejudice and could automatically surveil for potential disease transfers or virus leaks. The proposed autonomous and anonymous pandemic reporting and surveillance system has the potential to help health officials locate infectious disease outbreaks before they form into pandemics. And in turn, it better prevents future pandemics and avoids Covid-19 origins debates.

Original languageEnglish
Article number100856
JournalEthics, Medicine and Public Health
Publication statusPublished - Dec 2022


  • Covid-19
  • Disease surveillance
  • Infectious disease
  • Public health


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