“While progress in infectious disease prevention, control, and treatment has improved our ability to respond to such outbreaks, globalisation processes relating to human behaviour, demographics, and mobility have increased the threat of pandemic emergence and accelerated global disease transmission.”
(Krewski et al, 2016)
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In a range of ways, globalisation can be seen as a something of a double edged sword. On the one hand it enables the expansion of businesses into new locations, increases shareholder wealth, makes travel easier and enhances the rapid exchange of ideas and technology across the globe. On the other hand, it has resulted in increasingly distorted social hierarchies, expansive fossil fuel usage, and the swifter, more pervasive transmission of both mental viruses (such as terrorism), and infectious disease.
When the newest (yes, we have actually been historically exposed to them) coronavirus initially broke out, it seemed distant enough not to worry about, unless you had travel plans to China.
Skip forward just a month and it has quickly spread enough to force many people to cancel their travel plans and stock up on essential supplies. The economy, as well as the sporting world, seem almost certainly to be highly affected by the virus.
In this report, Secret Agent will consider some of the downstream effects of the new coronavirus outbreak.