Is the World Prepared for the Future Pandemic?

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The world is never prepared for a predictable disaster and has always followed human destruction. As though people would prefer take a gunshot in the head than perish from a pandemic. However, reality gave us a different story: in 2022, more than 2,50,000 people died from COVID-19, while the Ukraine War, the bloodiest war in Europe since World War II, killed approximately 30,000 people. As a result, both instances are equally devastating to civilization, yet the world seems to have prioritized the Ukraine war. As a direct result of this insanity, the goal of the international community has shifted from preventing mankind to immobilizing humanity as its primary focus going forward.

Communicable illnesses existed throughout the hunter-gatherer era, but the move to agricultural life 10,000 years ago formed groups that facilitated pandemic. During this time, diseases such as malaria, TB, leprosy, influenza, smallpox, and others first occurred. Infectious illnesses have expanded over the planet as people have. A pandemic is the worst-case scenario in the world of infectious diseases. When an epidemic spreads beyond a country’s boundaries, the sickness is declared a pandemic. Even in this day and age, outbreaks are practically continuous, however not every epidemic reaches pandemic proportions like the new coronavirus (COVID-19). Modern medical research, on the other hand, has already shown its superiority in the treatment of pandemics.

– S. M. Saifee Islam is a Research Associate at the KRF Center for Bangladesh and Global Affairs (CBGA).

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