Disease Control with Chinese Characteristics
Today, as time-compressing air travel becomes more common, quarantine strategies and the use of established epidemiological surveillance had been rendered obsolete. People with infectious disease travel across international borders within hours instead of days, most often before clinical demonstration of disease held. There is a need of alternative strategies to controlling an epidemic.
The site for investigation is the city of Beijing, China. What would happen when a highly pathogenic flu with cases in excess of 1 million hits, resulting in number of infected patients that exceeds available capacity in hospitals?
1. wards without proper protective equipment will infect unacceptable numbers of medical staff
2. stay at home care will create far too many new cases, as family members become infected.
Adopting Vinay Gupta's unconventional epidemic mitigation strategies of appointing immune survivors to organize basic care for the infected, the proposal is an insertion of epidemic triage center networks into the urban fabric – designs for courtyard house; danwei and residential tower the three collective living unit typologies in Beijing. Serving communal needs during the normal operation hours, the underlying function of disease control is only revealed to the citizens at an emergency. The proximity to communities contributes to preventing wide transmission of the disease within the city.