COVID19: consumer healthcare appliances

It may be beneficial to reevaluate our approaches for treating contagious diseases especially those associated with epidemics.   We have technologies we never had before with automation, communications technologies, and with miniaturization and mass production of highly reliable consumer appliances.    We could plan for future epidemics around a near total at-home treatment path instead of following the historic practice of collecting patients into hospitals.

Keeping people out of hospitals during epidemics

In a pandemic, there are primarily just a few conditions that need treatment, where pneumonia is probably the most common.   So, part of preparation for a future pandemic should have focused more attention on preparing for pneumonia treatment instead of counting on processes to prevent the pandemic to spread in the first place.   If we had better treatment for pneumonia and had better stores of equipment to manage the condition, we would have less to fear from pandemics.