I don’t think that society will be able to prepare for the next pandemic for a few reasons.
- We will look at this one and say “it wasn’t so bad”. Well it wasn’t so bad because we did an OK (but not great) job.
- We are really bad at planning for events that are worse than what we have seen before. In other words the “worst case scenario” is always what we have experienced as “worst”.
But who knows, maybe we will be surprised.