Public Health Guidance and Research Strategies to Combat the Next COVID Pandemic


  • Reed Cooper Joel Barlow High School
  • Dr. Mark Crowder Mentor, Ingenius Prep



COVID-19, Public health, Coronavirus, Pandemic, Politicization of Science, Economy, Mask Mandate, Vaccines, Cross-Immunity, Asymptomatic infection, Immune System


COVID-19 has severely disrupted the lives of many with respect to health, economic security, and social behaviors. By analyzing the U.S. response to COVID-19, strategies for dealing with the next pandemic can be established. Analyses on the politicization of science reveal the ineffectiveness of political commentary in overcoming the COVID-19 pandemic, as seen through heterogenous behavioral patterns throughout the U.S. in regard to pandemic prevention measures, such as social distancing. Economic data reveal the importance of financially prioritizing small businesses over large ones and how to ensure individuals are motivated to return to work. The mask mandate was not widely respected throughout the U.S. and was a primary reason for the pandemic's prolonged effects. Due to a lack of trust in the leading health experts, non-pharmaceutical prevention methods were not as effective as they could have been. By analyzing vaccine data, it is clear that pharmaceuticals can and should be developed prior to the next pandemic. Based on the principle of cross-immunity, vaccines that incorporate genomic similarities between virus groups can be researched and administered, which will theoretically reduce the immune system’s reaction to the next novel virus. Overall, the U.S. response to the COVID-19 pandemic had effective and ineffective components. By studying public health procedures and results from this pandemic, recommendations can be made to improve the response to the next pandemic. 


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How to Cite

Cooper, R., & Crowder, M. (2021). Public Health Guidance and Research Strategies to Combat the Next COVID Pandemic. Journal of Student Research, 10(3).



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