Experts UCJC analyse the global impact of the SARS-CoV-2 pandemic

University Camilo José Cela held a webinar to analyse the impact of the current global pandemic. Entitled “Analysis of the impact of the global SARS-CoV-2 pandemic on our society”, health experts gave an in-depth analysis of the situation and its consequences in a webinar open to the entire educational community.

The director of the Master’s Degree in Emergency and Disaster Intervention and International Development at UCJC and SUMMA 112 medical doctor, Navid Behzadi, opened the workshop by reviewing the beginnings of the pandemic since 12 December 12, when the WHO received the first report on 30 patients suffering from a “new virus” up to the current situation. He also took stock of the evolution of the pandemic in the different countries of the world and the decisions taken to stop them.

Mª del Carmen Martín also took part, former deputy head of Civil Protection and Operational Coordination for the Madrid Region and medical doctor for SUMMA 112, who reviewed the strategies taken in light of a CBRN incident. “We know that we cannot improvise strategy, it must be planned in advance” and stated that “we have to be able to detect crises in advance”. Dr Martín explained how responses were planned in health crises and what have been the measures adopted.

For his part, Daniel López Acuña, former director of Health Action in Situations of Crisis at the World Health Organization (WHO) and associate professor at the Andalusian School of Public Health, outlined the role of the WHO and what the international Health Regulations are. López Acuña focused on the international aspect of the pandemic, particularly in China, and stressing the importance of testing in Spain and predicted that in our country “around 10-15% will be infected”, so around 85% are still exposed to the virus, and that “it is not enough to flatten the curve”, it is necessary to “think that there will still be a large number of people who will have to be protected” until there is a vaccine. He also noted the exceptional nature of the virus “it is not a classic epidemic”, since it has a high transmission rate, which will imply “isolation strategies for asymptomatic carriers” through mass testing. “The natural history of the infection is largely unknown, and we are learning day by day about it,” he said.

Finally, José Miguel Calvillo Cisneros, professor of International Relations at the Complutense University of Madrid, reflected on the impact and consequences on society, the trends, uncertainties and questions that are being studied to help us understand history to tackle the future. “I do think that coronavirus is one more link in a chain of changes that have been taking place in the international system for a decade,” and that is “accelerating a process of change” indicating that  “it is running its course” he said in his presentation. Calvillo Cisneros reviewed the possible economic, political, and international relations and diplomatic repercussions of the coronavirus crisis.