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Will Sniffle Become a Flu for World Economy? How the Coronavirus Made Globalization a Deadly Threat

The new coronavirus in China has spread at an alarming rate, unsettling citizens and epidemiologists alike. It poses substantial challenges for our modern way of life – and threatens our globalized world where it is most vulnerable.
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A street in Wuhan: As ground zero of the epidemic, what happens in the Chinese city could determine whether the virus can be contained or not.

A street in Wuhan: As ground zero of the epidemic, what happens in the Chinese city could determine whether the virus can be contained or not.

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Chinese Prime Minister Li Keqiang during a visit to Wuhan after the outbreak of the novel coronavirus: Fears of the virus are spreading around the world.

Chinese Prime Minister Li Keqiang during a visit to Wuhan after the outbreak of the novel coronavirus: Fears of the virus are spreading around the world.

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WHO head Adhanom Ghebreyesus and Chinese President Xi during a meeting in Beijing: It may sound counterintuitive, but the crisis actually provides a useful opportunity for the Chinese government.

WHO head Adhanom Ghebreyesus and Chinese President Xi during a meeting in Beijing: It may sound counterintuitive, but the crisis actually provides a useful opportunity for the Chinese government.

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Security personnel guard the Huanan seafood market where the coronavirus was detected in Wuhan on Jan. 24.

Security personnel guard the Huanan seafood market where the coronavirus was detected in Wuhan on Jan. 24.

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A volunteer in a protective suit disinfects a neighborhood in Qingdao in east China's Shangdong province.

A volunteer in a protective suit disinfects a neighborhood in Qingdao in east China's Shangdong province.

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