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command & control tactical Awareness 05 apr 2020 penn wealth Report volume 8 issue 02 9 Copyright 2020. All Rights Reserved. Shortly into the new millennium it was SARS, which origi- nated in a marketplace in China's Guangdong Province; an area filled with caged animals of all types (wild and domesticated) waiting for purchase and slaughter. e disease was probably first spread from the horseshoe bats crammed in the area next to other animals—and throngs of shoppers. In 2009 it was the swine flu, officially known as H1N1. is disease, which ultimately affected an almost-unfathomable 11-21% of the world's population by the time it subsided, began in a rural area of Mexico when contaminated pigs passed the dis- ease along to humans. e first known H1N1 virus resulted in the horrific Spanish flu pandemic of 1918-1920, which killed as many as 50 million people worldwide and reduced the global GDP by 5%. In 2012 it was MERS—Middle East respiratory syndrome coronavirus, originating in bats, spread to camels and, sub- sequently, humans. In 2014 it was Ebola—originating with primates and fruit bats in sub-Saharan Africa. In 2015 it was Zika, and in 2016 it was Dengue Fever—both originating from an iniquitous mosquito-monkey-human cycle. And that leads us to the COVID-19 coronavirus, a global health crisis on the cusp of being labeled a pandemic. Ground zero of COVID-19 has been traced to a single Wuhan seafood market, replete with cages stuffed to the brim with mammals— both wild and domesticated, bats, and snakes. e level of filth in this area, where animals are pulled from their cages and slaughtered in front of patrons, would be considered ghastly to the majority of people living in developed countries. In too many corners of Southeast Asia, it is simply another day at the market. If any overarching good comes out of this most recent global threat, let it be to shine a light on harmful, culturally-ingrained behavior which brutalizes wildlife and domesticated animals, and spreads nightmarish new strains of disease among the world's population. Cloistered no more: technology has made this a global issue. One can only imagine how many devastating "mini-plagues" have cursed small parts of the globe over the past several thousand years, but our inability to travel with ease—until recently—has served as a natural barrier to the spread of such calamities. Now, thanks to technology and a growing middle class, that has forever changed. Take Wuhan, for example. A city most Americans had never heard of until the latest strain of the coronavirus hit the news cycle now has an international airport serving nearly 25 million people a year; with flights to thirty cit- ies around the world, including San Francisco and New York. Take a look at a map of where most of the COVID-19 cases are in the United States, and you will see giant red circles around New York and San Francisco. e world must be prepared for a growing number of health threats emanating from third-world countries, especially those with dictatorial leadership structures which allow only a one- way flow of information. If left to groups like the World Health Organization, which went out of its way to praise China's response to the coronavirus despite that country's detention of the very doctors who tried to warn the world about the virus, we will remain stuck in a cycle of emergency—inadequate, belated response—fallout—blame. is leadership vacuum with respect to global health threats must end. Here's the strategic challenge: e World Health Organization is a creature of the United Nations, which tells us pretty much all we need to know. e head of the agency is Tedros Adhanom Ghebreyesus ("geh BRI sus"). Although he likes to be referred to as "Dr. Tedros," he is not a medical doctor—he has a Ph.D. in community health. He is also the head of Ethiopia's brutal Tigray People's Liberation Front, a Marxist-based political party. He beat out the highly-qualified British physician Dr. David Nabbaro in a third-round secret ballot at the UN. e US Centers for Disease Control and Prevention, or CDC, is arguably the best-equipped weapon the world has in the fight against global outbreaks. Sadly, this US organization takes a backseat to the inept and corrupt WHO—at least in the regions where these outbreaks will continue to originate. Fighting this current threat, as well as those to come, will require not only tough conversations with third-world coun- tries, but also legal "teeth" to back up the talk. ere must exist some very basic global standards with respect to cleanliness and human decency. e ability of a potentially deadly animal-borne disease to make its way from species to species—with the final destination being human—is no easy task. Unacceptable dietary habits and dangerous cultural "norms" in certain parts of the world must cease. Nations of the world must band together and assure these very basic standards are being met, or economic sanctions must be meted out. Does anyone believe a Marxist political hack at the WHO or anyone at the UN is actually willing to act? The living conditions and health habits pervasive in third-world countries now impact the entire world. Don't look to the World Health Organization for help. e Dirty Truth Behind the World's Pandemics Global Health reats

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