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'Natural' disasters are due to societal failures – so, here's a six-point pandemic recovery plan

By Ilan Kelman, Professor of Disasters and Health, UCL
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Over 3.5 million dead and counting. Long-term health problems, livelihoods destroyed and a long way yet to go. This is the age of COVID-19. Was it simply a natural disaster, part of living in a fast-paced, globalised world? Or can we identify preventable mistakes?

The key is the term “natural disaster”: it’s a misnomer. Disasters occur due to societal failures, not nature.…

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