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Pandemics: Emergence, Spread, Containment

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Pandemics: Emergence, Spread, Containment

There have always been pandemics: The plague and the Spanish flu with millions of deaths, later AIDS, and now COVID-19. These infectious diseases originate mainly from pathogens that are transmitted from animals to humans. Our globalized and industrialized living conditions also play a part. If a pandemic spreads worldwide, we have to react quickly. Health institutions, science, and society are called upon to do so.

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How are global outbreaks managed?

Institutions such as the WHO and the RKI play an important part in controlling and containing pandemics.

How are infectious diseases studied and treated?

Research is developing methods to detect infections and vaccines against the pathogens.

Pandemics yesterday and today

To curb the spread of new diseases society can learn from the past to prepare for the future.

Publications on the topic

The Leopoldina publishes on the topic of pandemics and infectious diseases in various formats.




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