In the 1950’s, a mathematician debunked the idea of describing the weather in simple equations by proposing his now famous butterfly-effect. The idea is that small things—like the flap of a butterfly’s wing—might have an enormous impact on the entire world. This idea has transmuted into other branches of science and popular thought. Applied to epidemiology and foreign policy, it demands that we look at the world as an interconnected system. Simply put, we cannot afford to develop isolationist policies. In the short run this must mean policies that promote the funding of the responsible distribution of drugs and in the long run promote stability, a key component of establishing good healthcare. Without that focus, we run the risk of pandemic.