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

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

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

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

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