Ebola, Zika, Corona…What Is Next for Our World?

Int J Environ Res Public Health. 2020 May 2;17(9):3171. doi: 10.3390/ijerph17093171.


In the past century, there have been several pandemics. Within the context of global health, these pandemics have often been viewed from the lens of determinants such as population, poverty, and pollution. With an ever-changing world and the COVID-19 pandemic, the current global determinants of public health need to be expanded. In this editorial, we explore and redefine the major determinants of global public health to prevent future pandemics. Policymakers and global leaders should keep at heart the determinants suggested hereby in any planning, implementation, and evaluation of efforts to improve global public health and prevent pandemics.

Keywords: COVID-19; coronavirus; global health; globalization; pandemics; pollution; population; poverty; public health.

Publication types

  • Editorial
  • Research Support, Non-U.S. Gov't

MeSH terms

  • COVID-19
  • Coronavirus Infections / epidemiology
  • Global Health*
  • Hemorrhagic Fever, Ebola / epidemiology
  • Humans
  • Pandemics* / prevention & control
  • Pneumonia, Viral / epidemiology
  • Public Health
  • Zika Virus Infection / epidemiology