At a time when the human race, with its mind-boggling achievements in several fields, is walking ahead like a juggernaut, trampling all the other creatures and destroying mom earth, there appeared a pathogen, unseen and hidden. And, the relatively doomsday pathogen brought the entire the human race to its joints and pushed it into a terrible huddle IAQ.
It made us stop bragging about Artificial Brains and the Internet of Things for a while and start practicing how to wash our hands properly. It made us reserve our gregariousness and forced us to maintain social distance. It stopped us from manifesting our confidence via a firm handshake and made us stay clueless on what to welcome each other. It forced us not to ignore coughs and sneezes as simply natural reflexes and dread them instead.
However, if you conclude that only bad things are happening due to the break out of novel coronavirus, you are wrongly recognized. The unyielding spread of the pandemic has taken about an unintentional climate benefit through reduced polluting of the environment, which led to cleaner air and water. Not only this, it even made many people shun the consumption of meat and turn vegetarians, at least briefly. And, most importantly, the human race realized the unpleasant fact that its seeming invincibility is only an illusion and it continues to be liable to various unanticipated dangers.
The virus break out even created many odd situations. Normally, nations, when they observe the advent of a dangerous adversary, go out all guns high to reduce the effects of it. But now, they are making all of their citizens to hide behind their four walls and wait for the unseen adversary to pass. If you sit in front of your TV most of the time, you are branded as a passive. But now, they want you to sit in front of your TV for God’s welfare to save the human race. And the globe-trotting businessmen and professionals, who are normally looked up in shock, are now being alleged and treated with contempt.
As the lethal pathogen keeps spreading like a wildfire, it’s probably to bring about some sweeping changes in how we perceive things and lead our lives. Therefore, it is timely to reflect on the likely changes the terrible pandemic will force upon the world.
De-globalization: Globalization, which brought prosperity to some parts of the society, has been under the protection in the developed world for shifting manufacturing facilities to the under developed and allowing the Islamists to seep into Europe in the garb of asylum searchers. It also created a tribe of globe-trotting businessmen and professionals, who consider themselves as global citizens. Now, the same people are carrying the virus all over the world with their irresponsible behavior. Their behavior is reproduction more contempt among the ordinary people towards globalization, which triggerred the movement of not only men, material and money but also the terrible virus across national limits. In many parts of the world, the airfields are closed and the people who fly across national limits are asked to self-isolate themselves. The closed airfields, quarantine centers, and isolation wards may well end up being the bottom zero of globalization. The growing opposition to globalization may finally end up strengthening the hands of right-wing nationalists, who are likely to build tall walls alongside their edges.
Socialism: It is the capitalism that smooth the way for globalization, which led to a gargantuan increase in wealth. All the new-found wealth, however, got concentrated in the hands of a few ultra-rich individuals. Nevertheless, the break out of coronavirus is making governments all over the world to resort to socialistic measures. They are extending lots of advantages to people, especially the vulnerable, in the form of cash exchanges to compensate for the job losses. Nevertheless, the upsurge of socialism should not be wrongly recognized with a rebirth of communism. Because, the communism, with its chaotic history, became so unpopular that people may not be happy to submit themselves to their totalitarianism once again. In fact, the entire lack of openness and conspiratorial secrecy maintained by China’s communist regimen in working with the virus break out accounts for this current crisis.
Strong Governments: For a long time, economists and social thinkers highlighted on minimum government, reducing its activities to only some fields such as defense and policing. The virus break out, which requires a herculean effort to contain, once again brought benefit of government machinery to the fore. Just a strong government with its institutions and men in uniform can deal with a crisis of this magnitude. Now, the people, communities, and organizations would like government support to travel through the crisis. Even the big corporates, who advocate laissez-faire during normal times, are demanding bailouts and stimulus packages to kickstart the decreasing economy.
Changing Character of Crisis Management: Normally, after every crisis — whether it is a panic attack or an economic crisis — nys heads reassure their citizens not to panic and urge them to show resilience by getting on with their usual lives. But now, we are noticing a fully different phenomenon where the state heads across the world are turning to scaremongering to force individuals to stay inside your home. The reaction of the people to coronavirus threat has so far been undisciplined. If people don’t repair their way, governments may even resort to the use of high-handed methods to bring the situation under control.
Mercy Towards Animals: After the break out of coronavirus, youngster protection under the law organization, People for Honourable Treatment of Animals (PETA), made a twitter showing how the term ‘coronavirus’ ended up being an anagram for ‘carnivorous’, mentioning the fact that the pathogen has its beginning in meat markets. The unyielding growth of non-vegetarianism, in addition to causing terrible pain and suffering to animals, also turned the slaughterhouses and meat markets into the sources of various pathogens. Most of the trojans that impacted humankind till are in possession of animal beginning, and therefore people must reform their food habits if they want to contain virus episodes in the future.