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Functional Food Center postpones its FFC 29th International Conference
Tuesday, 06 October, 2020, 08 : 00 AM [IST]
Texas, USA
The Functional Food Center has postponted its FFC 29 International Conference.

A statement by the center, reads, unfortunately we have decided to postpone FFC29 International Conference to 2021. We apologise for any expense and inconvenience this may cause interested participants. Due to the ongoing global Coronavirus pandemic and the escalating situation between Artsakh and Azerbaijan, the Functional Food Center/Functional Food Institute has decided to make the necessary decision to postpone our upcoming FFC's 29th International Conference, ‘Functional Foods and Bioactive Compounds for Chronic and Viral Diseases', scheduled on October 8 to 10, 2020 in Yerevan, Armenia.  

On September 27, the ongoing tension between Azerbaijan (Population ~ 11,000,000) and Artsakh-Nagorno Karabakh, inhabited by ethnic Armenians (Population ~ 150,000), escalated to military conflict. Studies have shown a significant uptick in virus infection rates during times of war, such as with the Spanish Influenza during World War II.

This link between war and spread of viral disease was mentioned by the Centers for Disease Control and Prevention (CDC), “World War I, where more soldiers died from the disease than in battle, infected around 500 million globally. The deployment of troops during the First World War plausibly contributed to the spread of the Spanish Flu due to intercontinental movement and crowded conditions.”

Furthermore, the second wave of the Spanish flu reportedly killed 20 to 50 million people, while the first wave killed 3 to 5 million people, meaning that second wave killed 10 times more than the first.

As scientists, and as humans, we need to call on our local governments to act quickly and stop this conflict which will inevitably result in the loss of life and spread of disease. We need to look to our global leaders in the OSCE; France, USA, and Russia, to take real steps to stop this war. Responsibility must be taken, and justice issued for the impulsive decisions that have put these populations at risk.

“Our community must do our part and do everything we can to mitigate such impending outbreaks. At the Functional Food Center, we believe that knowledge is the pathway to peace. We are committed to sharing 1,000 copies of our most recent book about Covid-19 to the governments, health ministries, schools, and universities to each of the countries involved or that have the power to resolve this conflict. We are waiving the cost of our book for the purpose of educating these at-risk populations. The book is a collective work of 33 scientists around the globe.”
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