It would likely be a pandemic like COVID-19 or Ebola fever or other highly infectious
diseases that do not stop at borders. In 2019, the World Health Organization (WHO)
put together a list of 10 health threats to highlight their dangers to the global
The 10 threats were selected because of their potential to cause significant illness,
death, societal disruption, and public health impact as well as considering their
likelihood of occurring. They require increased attention from governments, health
care professionals, communities, and stakeholders in all countries, irrespective of
their level of health system public health capacities.
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Dr. Benzian is a research professor, Department of Epidemiology and Health Promotion, and a codirector, WHO Collaborating Center for Quality-improvement and Evidence-based Dentistry, College of Dentistry, New York University, New York, NY; and a research fellow, Stellenbosch Institute of Advanced Study, Stellenbosch University, Stellenbosch, South Africa.
Dr. Beltrán-Aguilar is an adjunct profesor, Department of Epidemiology and Health Promotion, and codirector, WHO Collaborating Center for Quality-improvement and Evidence-Based Dentistry, College of Dentistry, New York University, New York, NY.
Dr. Niederman is a professor, Department Epidemiology and Health Promotion, College of Dentistry, New York University, New York, NY.
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