Changes are the only constant that there is, whether we like it or not! The recent coronavirus outbreak has led us to re-evaluate everything we knew until now. Surreality and fiction dominate our everyday life. Life as we know it won’t sustain our survival anymore and the limbo isn’t comfortable, to say the least. So where are we headed, to a new reality, a new world, or a sequel of The Truman’s Show?
The rapid changes and developments are hard to accept as our ‘normal’ continues to crumble in the face of the virus. Since claiming the first of its victim in China in November, 2019, COVID-19 has wrecked nations and rendered the world into an apocalyptic Status quo.
Debuting in China, Coronavirus continues to spread across 215 countries, resulting in 177,790 deaths and 2565879 active cases (as per the date of the article written). Spain, Italy, France continue to grapple with their deads as America becomes the epicenter. The cases in India are rising at an alarming rate, with over 18000 diagnosed.
Despite the best efforts of the researchers and scientists, no definite cure is available as of yet. With Bats as the most likely host, the virus was transmitted to the human body after consuming bat meat. The Wuhan region of China, infamous for its wet market, sells exotic meats of bats, snakes, pangolin, etc.;
It is believed that the virus was contracted from there and in no time it grasped the world into a death-bite. With symptoms ranging from respiratory problems to being asymptomatic, COVID-19 weakens the immune system to the point of organ failures. Preventive measures are the only answers, according to WHO.
Apart from the obvious health implications, it has also given rise to some meandering evils- recession, the rapid decline of the economy, islamophobia, xenophobia, and racism. With health taking the front seat, countries are going under severe lockdowns inciting loss of employment and violent attacks.
“In a rational world, we would be ramping up production of basic essential supplies – test kits, masks, respirators – not only for our own use but for poorer countries, too. Because it’s all one battle. But it’s not necessarily a rational world. So there could be a lot of demonization and calls for isolation. This will mean more deaths and more suffering worldwide,” says the historian Mike Davis, a renowned American chronicler of the disasters incubated by globalization.