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COVID-19 must be seen as the largest shock that has hit global society since World War II, spreading disease resulting in an accelerating loss of lives and societal and economic disruptions of staggering proportions. This global pandemic brings into stark relief the increasingly complex, interconnected and vulnerable systems that define the modern world. The world’s population was patently unprepared for COVID-19. We knew from previous pandemics that it was only a matter of time before we would be hit by another. Although the exact time and location of these events remain unpredictable, science had suggested how to prepare for such a shock.
Note:This story originally appeared in the summer 2020 issue of ASU Thrive magazine.