Volume 4, Issue 2, December 2020, Page: 63-70
COVID-19 and the Linear Perspective of Global Security
Awaisu Imurana Braimah, Faculty of Social Sciences Education, University of Education, Winneba, Ghana
Received: Aug. 22, 2020;       Accepted: Sep. 11, 2020;       Published: Sep. 19, 2020
DOI: 10.11648/j.ipa.20200402.16      View  60      Downloads  28
This paper diagnoses the interaction and behaviour of states in the international system in the light of the blush of global pandemic and potential security threat. Globally, humankind continue to witness slough diseases such as Severe Acute Respiratory Syndrome (SARS), Middle East Respiratory Syndrome (MERS), Ebola, Human Immune Virus/Acquire Immune Deficiency Syndrome (HIV/AIDS), H5N1 (avian/Bird flu), Swine fever, Malaria and in recent times, coronavirus (COVID–19) which has been declared by the World Health Organization (W.H.O) as Public Health Emergency of International Concern (PHEIC). Since the outbreak of the COVID-19 pandemic, states with financial wherewithal or capacity have hastily dispatched airplanes and ships to evacuate compatriots from afflicted states as both protective and preventive mechanisms. Since the COVID-19 virus spread to other parts of the world, it is axiomatic that the evacuation mechanism could serve as a conduit for the ‘importation’ of the virus from affected countries to the countries purporting to be providing safe haven for the evacuees. Undoubtedly, the evacuations increased the geopolitical spread of viruses or microbes around the world. The study argues that states need to join forces scientifically and financially to nib the spread of infectious diseases in the bud by dealing with the menace in the country of origin as a preventive measure to eliminate or minimize spread of viruses or diseases.
Coronavirus, Global Heath, Global Security, Infectious Disease, Public Health
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Awaisu Imurana Braimah, COVID-19 and the Linear Perspective of Global Security, International and Public Affairs. Vol. 4, No. 2, 2020, pp. 63-70. doi: 10.11648/j.ipa.20200402.16
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