Sunday, October 19, 2014
How Resilient is U.S. Infrastructure to a Pandemic?
As this The Bridge article from 2009 addresses, we have historically focused on infrastructure disaster resilience in terms of physical damage - the earthquake, tornado, or hurricane. The Biological Century requires us to add another concern - the pandemic. Additional research and modeling is needed in terms of physical contamination (i.e., decontamination of the train and train stations), disruption caused by illness of key employees (i.e, all the water treatment plant operators get sick), and the negative economic impacts to key parts of the transportation system (i.e., restrictions or low traffic harm the airline industry).