The world is grappling with the new coronavirus, which has spread from China to at least 16 other countries, Including the UK.
Outbreaks of new infectious diseases are typically seen as a “one off”.
But the new virus – thought to have stemmed from wildlife – highlights our risk from animal-borne disease. This is likely to be more of a problem in future as climate change and globalisation alter the way animals and humans interact.
How can diseases jump species?
Environmental and climate change are removing and altering animals’ habitat, changing how they live, where they live and who eats whom. The way humans live has also changed – 55% of the global population now live in cities, up from 35% 50 years ago.
Pandemics are part of our future!
Acknowledging new diseases are emerging and spreading in this way puts us in a stronger position to fight new pandemics, which are an inevitable part of our future. A century ago, the Spanish flu pandemic infected about half a billion people and killed 50-100 million people worldwide. Scientific advancement and huge investments in global health mean such a disease would be better managed in future. However, the risk remains real and potentially catastrophic – if something similar were to happen again, it would reshape the world. By the middle of the last century, some in the West claimed infectious diseases were conquerable. But as urbanisation and inequality grow and climate change further disturbs our ecosystems, we must recognise emerging diseases as a growing risk.
Current world events undeniably point to an agenda that is steadily shifting into place. The role players are using Hegelian dialectic along with other sinister methods of deceit to camouflage their plans under the garb of “for the common good”. Who are these role players and what is this master plan that will soon make the world to wonder after him, them and it?
And how does climate change fit in with these plans?