This is with the current Coronavirus might seem an academic question.
However we the world have ignored for the greater part all previous pandemics.
For example, the Spanish Flu killed more people than World War I.
World War One and its consequences are etched in our historical memories but the Spanish flu is hardly remembered.
Ebola was on our TV and Aids down to sexual ordination.
Over 70 million are now infected with Aids. All connected to each other.
(Aids can take up to ten years after transmission to show its self.)
Thanks to a massive effort with the drugs to manage it are now affordable Aids is now no longer a killer.
So over the years since then, we have come to believe that Aids is cured. This is not so there are over 2 million new cases yearly in the world.
That gives you an impression of what is going on in the world.
This is why we need to take global health to the top of our priorities.
What do they all these viruses have in common?
They all come from animals.
However, this is not the problem its now a combination of infections spreading in urban high density, the enormity of mobility, climate change, conflict, deforestation, food demand, population growth, which means that we are and will be more and more exposed to what see today. With the results that the overuse of antibiotics and vaccines the risks are getting bigger and bigger to antimicrobial resistance.
So what should we be doing?
It’s not the global response that is important.
We need to train rapid support teams that can be deployed to help any country with a network of back up volunteers.
We need obviously, to strengthen public health systems in the world.
We need more effective engagement with communities
WE need to share Data and samples of viruses worldwide.
WE need Research &Development systems with no market incentives.
We need to suppress fake news.
WE need a universal flu vaccine.
WE need to understand that the risk of this Pandemic is enormous, and that is is not the last.
The key is to invest in getting rid of Inequality world wide.
Promises are not worth the paper they are written on. Once they are broken sorry mean nothing.
We need International solidarity with individual responsibility. Actions speak louder.
All human comments appreciated. All like clicks and abuse chucked in the bin.