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Global business leaders and investors are largely transfixed by two kinds of risk: macroeconomic and geopolitical.There is a third, arguably more pernicious, risk lurking below most decision-makers' radar: infectious diseases.According to the former director of the U.S. Centers for Disease Control and Prevention, Tom Frieden, the world is at greater risk than ever from global health threats. Whereas the 2003 SARS epidemic resulted in 774 deaths, and the Ebola outbreak of 2014-2015 left 11,310 dead, the 1918-1920 flu epidemic claimed the lives of 100 million people – more than five times the number killed in the world war that had just ended.Antibiotic resistance, the WHO cautions, is now present in every country, putting patients at risk of worse clinical outcomes and at greater risk of death, while increasing the burden on health systems.Governments are unlikely to move fast to mitigate this risk.Governments don't wait for war to break out before investing in the military.Though the threat is substantial, it is not immediate, so governments continue to pursue other priorities, allowing the threat to grow, largely out of sight.
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