An outbreak of a novel Coronavirus infection has emerged and is rapidly spreading in humans, causing a significant threat to global health and the economy. It is said that the disease causes highly lethal pneumonia with respiratory distress and clinical symptoms similar to those reported from SARS-CoV and MERS-CoV infections.
Studies have shown that COVID-19 doesn’t only cause respiratory illness but also invades the central nervous system through a synapse-connected route.
Globally, the pandemic has infected over 25 million people, with 17 million recoveries. It’s adverse impacts on international economies and health systems are overbearing.
In data compiled by the Central Statistical Bureau, the unemployment rate increased to 7.4% in the first quarter of 2020. Bans on gatherings and travel restrictions imposed due to the state of emergency have nearly paralyzed activities in sectors such as accommodation and catering, event organization passenger transportation, amongst other sectors.
Though employment is unlikely to grow in the coming months, future development will depend on the successful containment of the virus, which will further lead to the lifting of restrictions and economic recovery.
Amidst its numerous challenges and negative effects, the COVID-19 will change the world for the better, by helping to rebuild and produce something better and more humane.
It must be understood that in a normal crisis, the prescription for finding a solution is simple – the government spends, and it spends until people start consuming and working again.
The reduction in contacts between people will effectively help to reduce outbreaks of infectious diseases. From Wuhan, we can see that social distancing and lockdown measures were effective in fighting the deadly disease.
By maintaining these preventive and safety etiquettes, the world will be made a better place to live.
One wants to consider the number of people, who in the usual days before COVID-19 washed their hands after using public facilities, and even public toilets, and the sharp change in attitudes after the emergence of the disease.
It is of no doubt that by keeping one’s self safe, it also prevents you from contracting diseases.
The Coronavirus has taught the world how people can work remotely from home, how event organizers and educational institutions can use virtual means to facilitate their activities.
In the media, many broadcast journalists learnt how to produce themselves to prevent from their homes, with little or no assistance from a technical director, or producer – they learnt how to blend their skills in props, lighting, sound and broadcasting, costuming, and the rest.
Touching on, and dealing with the technical challenges that engulfed most media productions, the use of Zoom, Skype, Google Meet, and other online platforms can help to shape media discussions in the future, even by helping to reduce the number of pundits who turn up in studios for discussions.
With a massive system capable of scaling back production in a way that doesn’t mean loss of livelihoods and a different economic mindset, our resources can be turned into things we need to live, in all walks of our lives.
Whereas COVID-19 helps to reduce contacts, the length of the working week can be reduced, allow people to work more slowly and with less pressure, to boost output.
The pandemic is highlighting that many jobs are not essential, yet we lack sufficient key workers to respond when things go bad. It has taught many countries with poor healthcare and planning several lessons.
COVID-19 is highlighting serious deficiencies in our existing system, which means we need radical social change.
A blend of state socialism and mutual aid will help to mobilize resources to build stronger health systems, prioritize the vulnerable from the whims of the market, improve on our educational systems and our relationships to experience a better world post-Covid.
Desperate times ask desperate measures. This is a desperate time. We should all move ahead with humility because there is no decision without trade-offs, and most of all, there is nothing without skin in the game.
Let’s learn to play this game well for a better world!
Source: Christian Yalley | universnewsroom.com