Humankind is now confronting a global challenge. Perhaps the biggest challenge of our century. Countries around the world are mobilizing, making every possible effort to combat the spread of the disease. The virus has affected more than 500,000 and killed around 22,000 people. The decisions which people and government are taking against the disease will not just only change our healthcare systems but also shape our politics and economy in the coming years. People might wonder if the storm will ever pass. Well, yes! the storm will pass and humanity will survive. Most of us will still be alive but in a different world.
World During Coronavirus
Ever since the world has become a global village, politicians are writing at lengths about the benefits associated with it. While hyper globalists favor this stance, others look at this with suspicion; a curse which has looted the rest and peace of the world, says the anti-globalist. So, who is going to talk about the disadvantages which globalization has brought forth in its wake? Since now everybody is aware of the word COVID-19, it will not be much difficult to discuss the demerits of globalization. Already the people have started debating about the darker side of the picture. Here’s a look at some of the measures that most of the countries have implemented so far; these will clearly explain the shortcomings of globalization.
The measure is taken in the hope to severely limit the scope of physical and social interaction. This will then ultimately slow the spread of the virus so that the growth in the cases does not overwhelm the hospitals and lead to mass death. This method has been adopted by many countries. In the past week, Italy recorded a slight reduction in the number of coronavirus deaths, since it introduced a national lockdown. Other countries such as India, China, France, Italy, New Zealand, Poland, and the UK have implemented partial or full lockdown. Once again, boundaries are shrinking which were once blurred by globalization.
Coronavirus leaves no option for the universities and schools but their closure. This has forced many to adopt remote work while local educational institutions are giving a try to e-learning and to make a transition from real to the virtual world a bit easier, there is already a startup. For example, Plutwo.com is one such simple software that lets experts organize or attend many online classes. Countries are finding alternatives to replace conventional methods of learning. While the idea seems to be great, the digital divide is on its way to further marginalize the poor; yet another gloomy reality of this modernized world.
The travel restrictions are among the many in recent days imposed by countries and regions worldwide to help curtail the virus. Many countries such as Africa, the UK, Saudi Arabia, United States, UAE have adopted this strategy. This measure will more likely affect tourism-related countries. For example, there is a decline in the prices of properties in UAE by 11 percent. This has proved to be a blessing in disguise for some as landlords are offering discounts to the expats, thus making the emirate perfect time for investment but not for development now. All in all, travel restrictions along with the complete sealing of borders are indicating another wave of a global recession.
World After Coronavirus
The world after this pandemic will be entirely different as short-term emergencies will become a norm. Important decisions that once took years of deliberations will pass within a few hours. Immature and even dangerous technologies will press into service, leaving millions unemployed and several helpless. The risk of doing nothing will get even bigger than ever. What will happen when everybody starts working from home? What will happen when school will close forever and go online? In normal times, governments and businesses never take such measures; but these are not normal days anymore. Meanwhile, the future will be full of unpredictable decisions.
In their battle against the coronavirus, several countries have deployed surveillance technologies. China is the epitome of this fact. By closely monitoring peoples’ smartphones, using face cameras and compelling people to record their body temperature, Chinese authorities can not only track the suspected patient but also identify their contact with other persons. Imagine, this type of future is now waiting for us. This may enhance security but completely destroy our privacy.
Today, the use of technology is increasing at an unprecedented rate. It can identify your body temperature, blood pressure and even heart rate. Sounds wonderful. Right? Now let’s talk about the gravest issues that we will be facing in the years to come. What will happen when technology will start measuring our emotions such as anger, laugh, stress or anxiety? The same technology that could identify your coughs can identify your emotions as well. Resultantly, our governments will know us better than ourselves or at least claim to.
A World of Science
Asking people to choose between health and privacy is the root of the problem. Of course, they want to have and should have both of them. Punishments are not only the way to compel the people to follow the rules; sometimes, scientific facts can do that. For example, the fact that soap removes bacterial and virus germs is an old one but people take it for granted. It is the science which has obliged the people to believe in facts, not values. Now science will shape the minds of the people in the future.
The crisis will pass; humanity will prevail but life will change because the current steps which states are taking now will change the future altogether.