Coronavirus and Globalization: Spiegel

A coronavirus moves through populations with astounding speed. A Wuhan doctor identified seven cases as a public health issue on December 30. Local authorities berated him for breaking the law before he fell ill, too. The world reports 20,000 confirmed cases in 24 countries with more than 500 deaths. China, responsible for about one-third of global economic growth, responded by closing businesses and schools and restricting gatherings. Other countries have closed borders with China and blocked flights. Experts suggest infections may peak in February or May. Globalization has lifted millions from poverty, yet also “makes the world more vulnerable to all sorts of disruption, from terrorist attacks to natural disasters – and epidemics,” reports a team for Spiegel Online. “The story of the coronavirus is about more than just medicine and China. It is a lesson on the increasing interdependence – and the political, economic and social dimensions – of today's world. It is a story about the globalization of danger.” Public health officials advise citizens to self-quarantine, avoiding crowds and unnecessary travel, washing hands and using precautions. Public health officials compare national responses and debate the benefit of China’s strict enforcement measures and the tendency to punish those who raised an early alarm. – YaleGlobal

Coronavirus and Globalization: Spiegel

The new coronavirus from China spread swiftly in a globalized world, challenging governments, health providers, businesses, travel and trade
Georg Fahrion, Kristina Gnirke, Veronika Hackenbroch, Martin Hesse, Martin U. Müller, Katharina Graça Peters, Michael Sauga and Bernhard Zand
Thursday, February 6, 2020

Read the article from Spiegel Online about how globalization speeds the spread of the new coronavirus.

Georg Fahrion is a reporter on Asia in the overseas department of Spiegel and Spiegel Online, based in Beijing since October 2019. Kristina Gnirke is a reporter for the background and research team of Spiegel Online. Martin Hesse has been a financial correspondent for Spiegel since 2011. Martin U. Müller has been at Spiegel since 2009 in the business and media department. Katharina Graça Peters has been an editor with Spiegel since 2009, based in Asia since 2018. Michael Sauga writes about business and politics for Spiegel. Bernhard Zand has worked with Spiegel since 1998 and in Beijing since 2012.

Read “A World at Risk,” the annual report on global preparedness for health emergencies” from the Global Preparedness Monitoring Board:  Between 2011 and 2018, WHO tracked almost 1,500 epidemic events in 172 countries. “The world is at acute risk for devastating regional or global disease epidemics or pandemics that not only cause loss of life but upend economies and create social chaos.”

 7 Steps for Leaders  1 Commit and invest in preparedness. 2 Lead by example.  3 Build strong systems and trust 4 Prepare for the worst 5 Link preparedness with financial risk planning 6 Include incentives in development assistance 7 The UN and others must strengthen coordination    "The world is not prepared for a fast-moving, virulent respiratory pathogen pandemic." – Global Preparedness Monitoring Board, Annual Report, 2019

WHO map from World at Risk showing sources of emerging diseases

Multiple public health threats: The map shows the source of selected diseases over the past 50 years, both those that naturally emerge or are deliberately released (Source:  World at Risk, Global Preparedness Monitoring Board Annual Report, 2019  

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