The COVID-19 pandemic is unprecedented in many ways, but some issues raised in the global health crisis are all too familiar. We dug through The New Humanitarian’s 25-year archive of reporting on pandemics and epidemics for eight takeaways to inform today’s response.
Epidemics breed fear and suspicion that multiply more rapidly than any virus. When a mysterious illness erupts, the first unhelpful reaction is to panic – the second is to identify a culprit. Instead of leading to a remedy, blaming supposed sources reveals pre-existing faultlines within society.
$460 million will go toward developing vaccines that prevent outbreaks like Ebola from taking the world by surprise.
At the other end of the malnutrition scale, obesity is one of today’s most blatantly visible – yet most neglected – public health problems. Paradoxically coexisting with undernutrition, an escalating global epidemic of overweight and obesity – “globesity” – is taking over many parts of the world. If immediate action is not taken, millions will suffer from an array of serious health disorders.
Hospital administrations and the judicial system do little to prevent assaults against nurses and other caregivers by patients.
Most virologists remain within the safe confines of the lab. Wolfe is one of a swashbuckling few who travel to the jungles of sub-Saharan Africa, exotic food markets in Southeast Asia and other far-flung locales to hunt down potential killer viruses before they find us.
Some of the worst epidemics, widespread outbreaks of disease, have troubled mankind for millennia. In one of the earliest recorded epidemics, the Roman Empire lost almost a third of its population between 165 and 180 AD to Antonine Plague, a deadly virus contracted in the Middle East and brought back to the heart of the empire by returning soldiers.
HIV has reached every corner of the globe although some regions are more heavily affected than others. The vast majority of people living with HIV live in sub-Saharan Africa.
The scale of the epidemic has demanded substantial political and financial commitment from international organisations, donor countries and domestic governments.
Here, we give you the latest global statistics, an overview of the global HIV response to date, and identify the major trends in the different regions and countries.
e opioid epidemic has been called the worst drug crisis in American history. Death rates now rival those of AIDS during the 1990s, and with overdoses from heroin and other opioids now killing more than 27,000 people a year, the crisis has led to urgent calls for action.
The epidemic didn’t happen overnight.
Living with Alzheimer's disease or another dementia is a long, hard road, full of grief, anger and despair, but life continues after a diagnosis, and so can moments of joy.
A closer look at the statistics suggests something more than a simple rise in incidence.
The potential for such disasters to be followed by epidemics of
communicable diseases is often presumed to be very high, but
this has been overstated...
HIV, the virus that causes AIDS, “acquired immunodeficiency syndrome,” has become one of the world’s most serious health and development challenges. The first cases were reported in 1981...
Alan Berman, the executive director of the American Association of Suicidology and the president of the International Association of Suicide Prevention, has said that in the developed world ninety per cent of those who attempt suicide suffer from psychological ailments.
Small town life has been turned upside down by opioid use, but across the nation, communities are implementing concrete and innovative tactics to get the problem of opioid drug abuse under control. It all just takes some inspiration, a little teamwork, and thinking outside of the box.
Disease outbreaks are fairly rare and, when they do happen, are often overstated. In recent years, there has been plenty of handwringing and worrying over bird flu, swine flu, and other diseases. However, the fame of swine flu may be due more to the need to fill the 24-hour news cycle than anything else.
Nevertheless, there have been some serious disease outbreaks in U.S. history.
The epidemics of sexually transmitted diseases (STDs)
in the United States are often called “silent”or “hidden”
The explosive growth of the human population—from 2.5 billion to 6 billion since the second half of the 20th century—may have already started changing how infectious diseases emerge.
A form of encephalitis that caused both wakefulness and profound somnolence reveals much about our inner clocks.
What it means when an outbreak’s worst effects occur in the long-term.
To understand the spread of diseases like Zika and Ebola, it’s helpful to look at trends in urbanization over the past few centuries.
Plagues and epidemics have ravaged humanity throughout its existence, often changing the course of history.
We want to stop future epidemics by developing new vaccines for a safer world.
The Epidemic Information Exchange (Epi-X) is the Center for Disease Control and Prevention's secure, web-based communications network that serves as a powerful communications exchange between CDC, state and local health departments, poison control centers, and other public health professionals.
Epidemics publishes papers on infectious disease dynamics in the broadest sense. Its scope covers both within-host dynamics of infectious agents and dynamics at the population level, particularly the interaction between the two.