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COVID-19, an X-ray of the pandemic.- Alberto Priego.

Last New Year's Eve the world discovered the existence of ‘a virus’ that was beginning to wreak havoc in China. Little was known about this new pathogen which, like SARS or the Avian Influenza (H5N1), was being born deep within the Asian giant. Few people thought that this epidemic -now a pandemic- would reach our territories, but even fewer ventured to imagine that it would be able to stop what until now seemed unstoppable: globalization. Today COVID-19 affects more than 3 million people in 185 states, and what is even more serious is that it has claimed the lives of more than 200,000 people.
This work aims to collect and analyse the information that has been published by the WHO, by the media, by governments and by scientists on the "coronavirus" with the sole aim of shedding some light on a situation that, for the moment, remains gloomy. The work will be structured as follows. First, a brief description of COVID-19 and its similarities with other similar pathogens such as SARS, avian influenza or MERS will be made. Next, an x-ray of its expansion will be made to identify the main sources of its spread. Thirdly, the measures adopted will be analysed for their containment, differentiating between the different models. Finally, we will seek to identify the consequences that it is having on the international system and the consequences that it may have in the future as an international society.

Document written by Alberto Priego. Aggregate teacher. Universidad Pontificia Comillas.

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