April 23, 2012
On Globalization and Disease
The link between globalization and disease is not one that has recently been discovered. In fact, since the beginning of the United States of America, the spread of disease has been a direct effect of the world shrinking due to globalization. Some of America's first settlers, along with their boats and guns, brought the Plague with them. Next, the settlers on the Mayflower and other ships that came in the early 1600s carried with them Smallpox and other diseases the New World had never seen.
Even before Bird Flu and Swine Flu, the AIDS epidemic of the 1980s and 1990s showed the world just how dangerous globalization can be. The smaller the world got during the burgeoning end of the 20th Century, the more prominent epidemics such as AIDS became. Swine Flu and Bird Flu luckily were contained within pandemic status but still gave the entire world serious scares.
Disease is an evil that goes hand in hand with increased contact between foreign peoples. Let's hope we find more and more cures as the risk of disease grows with each passing year.
Posted by jiherman at April 23, 2012 03:00 PM
I found the presentation on globalization leading to epidemics really interesting as well but is there also a benefit to additional contact between people? While globalization made the spread of a disease like SARS and Swine Flu possible, other actors were able to quickly cooperate to stop the spread as well. News agencies around the world were quickly informing (and possibly overzealously scaring) people about the new disease and how to avoid it. Governments were quick to cooperate to find cures for the disease and take international measures to stop its spread.
Even modern pharmacuetical companies are giant multinational players. They get ingrediants from drugs in tropical rainforests, develop them in research labs in America and Europe and them sell them around the world. Need I even mention the spread of the more traditional medical practices that people are now seeking as well?
While disease has been spread by globalization, I think the effort to combat disease as also been spread and this should not be forgotten.
Posted by: mattando at April 23, 2012 08:42 PM
The given relation between the expanding globalization and the relevant expansion of the pandemic diseases that are putting in danger entire nations is an absolute and as everything that has its positive sides and great advantages, the globalization has and other, negative side!
Posted by: firstname.lastname@example.org at June 13, 2012 04:05 AM
Globalization brings other types of diseases as well, which are no less dangerous and contagious than flu and chicken pox : greed, hatred, gluttony, avarice and so on... Cheap
Posted by: email@example.com at June 18, 2012 10:49 AM
Globalization is bringing some really bad influnce in its way of conquering the world- and diseases are one aspect of this process. Another element that goes hand in hand with globalization is the mass culture.
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