Imagine yourself as a staff member in either the Beijing municipal government or the Toronto metropolitan government, reflecting on the SARS experience in its immediate aftermath in late 2003. Please write a concise essay of approximately 1000-1200 words, addressing each of the following issues:
(1) What types of impediments to “situational awareness” did the region’s public health and emergency medical system have to overcome as it recognized and fought the emerging SARS epidemic?
(2) What types of obstacles to “scaling up” or “surging” its response did the region face as the epidemic unfolded?
(3) Placing yourself in late 2003, what should Toronto or Beijing authorities do in the wake of the SARS experience to improve their readiness and response capacity for emergent infectious disease? Drawing on your course knowledge, make at least three separate and specific recommendations for action that deal with major areas for improvement. Explain why you think these would be important and feasible.