In 2020 the world is facing a global outbreak of Coronavirus emergency, unarmed and losers, we men are reeling in the ford of this unknown pandemic, for which there is no vaccine, if not drugs generally used so far against malaria or rheumatoid arthritis, all being tested on a completely different virus.
Meanwhile, scientists from all over the world are speeding up the search for a vaccine capable of eradicating this new virus, which has hit the world like a cleaver, here the temperature in the world fever thermometer is rising and producing more deaths than initially expected . Underestimation perhaps, but surely the recent media drumming has not helped in the course of this pandemic if not to create panic in the population as happened in Italy which ranks first in the European rankings for the number of deaths after China. But in China it now appears that the situation is under control.
The problem of sustainability must be tackled progressively, but it will leave many corpses on the ground, many more of the Coronavirus itself. Why? Flying less and making online conferences is not the same thing: for the environment certainly better, certainly not for tourist exchanges, for ideas on the site by visiting new realities and then the problem of redundancies in airlines and beyond. How many jobs will be lost and how will they be replaced?
It is easy to speak, difficult to operate especially when the reference situation, the Italian one, includes many niches of safe jobs: state or parastatal. But if they are already knocking on the doors of job needs, including millions of people, especially from the most overcrowded or poor countries such as India, Pakistan, Bangladesh and Africa, what will happen in the near future? Or catastrophic wars to decrease the world’s population or other ad hoc programmed viruses.
I see harder sustainability now than before. The pandemic shock has put a strain on the world economy and it is known that with economic restrictions, there is less tendency to be environmentally friendly and to safeguard the planet’s resources.
I think that COVID-19, instead of improving the world, could theoretically make it worse since the lesser resources available would be used by rich countries for personal purposes and not for humanitarian aid.
This could result in unprecedented economic damage. It could also be that she is progressively undergoing herd immunity. Maybe it would be desirable. In fact, all scientists oscillate on this double track: wait for the general immunity (so-called “flock”) of the world population or the arrival of this elusive vaccine. When it will arrive? Assuming it was ready today at least more than a year to experience it, because else one could die of vaccination. And in the meantime? Do we lock the Earth with a padlock? The world has globalized, but it is unprepared for these kind of sudden events. Instead I believe that, like the “Spanish Flu” of the early 1900s, this virus will suddenly disappear so as it came, leaving a prostrate and less self-confident humanity.
Especially today, on Earth Day, new frontiers are being opened on climate change to defeat new epidemics due to them.
That’s why today I decided to open my series of articles with this and publish them also on ACADEMIA.edu, whose activity is aimed at the knowledge, research, culture in favor of our suffering humanity traveling through the unchanged time of history. But time after all does not exist except biologically. We are the history.
Thanks to the international scientists’ researches, their cultural insights are bow essential to question ourselves about the mistakes made and try to improve first ourselves and then the complex system in which we live.
That is quite an insightful well researched and crafted article Dr.Franca.
Life will never be the same after the COVID – !9 Pandemic and this there calls for selfless collaboration by all the World leaders and scientists alike , to brainstorm and formulate solutions to deal with the virus as well as the social-economic effects that accompanies this pandemic.
Thank you for your kind words. A light of hope, as an official blogger of http://www.lteconomy.it after an e-learning course of about 8 months. Do we want to change the world economy and make it more sustainable?