Coronavirus Pandemic: How One Microbe is Reshaping The Face of Humanity

Coronavirus Pandemic: How One Microbe is Reshaping The Face of Humanity

A human coronavirus which was discovered in the 1960s had been evolving in the last few decades. The virus appeared with its most severe nature as COVID-19 in Wuhan, a city in China, in December 2019. The infectious disease caused by this coronavirus spread around the world in no time and set off a global pandemic.

Looking back to the history of this kind of virus, its noticeable effect last time was in SARS outbreak, which emerged in southern China in 2002 and quickly spread to 28 other countries. And after that MERS started in Saudi Arabia in 2012. But the impact caused by COVID-19 is far more devastating than any other coronaviruses so far.

More than a pandemic, this situation has become a major turning point of human history and a challenging situation for the entire world since World War II. People have already started believing that life will never be the same again. 

Coronavirus, like climate change, is partly a problem of our economic structure. It has raised a major question in the fundamental definitions of human evolution and development. There is a big monumental effect taking place right in front of our eyes.

There are a number of possible futures, all dependent on how governments and society respond to coronavirus and its economic aftermath. Social distancing is becoming new normal. Hugs and kisses are becoming rare. Working environment is shifting from the office to home. Being young and healthy is trumping being aged and experienced. World is witnessing an exponential rise of virtual businesses.

How exactly will society change with this? This coronavirus pandemic has left impacts that would be unforgettable for all generations of the human kind. Airlines, restaurants, travel and many other sectors have faced the drop-in business that has never been seen before. People are cooking at home more than ever. The use of technology is replacing the use of human resources. Rise of AI seems to be reaching the next milestone. People are obliged to enjoy the virtual happy hours. The virus has hit hard the emotional and mental response of humans to the world outdoors. It has challenged the human desire of being together.

With coronavirus pandemic the world has witnessed some dark side of human responses. With Coronavirus Xenophobia and racism also spread, anxiety cases are escalating with day by day increasing lockdowns and social distancing. The extent of greed and insecurities were depicted by many panic buying cases.

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Some major global political turbulence has emerged due to this corona situation. While the USA and other countries of west were initially Showing solidarity with China later completely baring Chinese visitors and eventually started blaming each other for the cause of origin and spread of the virus and war of blame is fueled by allegations. Blaming is common in Pandemic history. When syphilis erupted, in Russia it was called Polish disease, in Poland it was German Disease, in Germany it was French disease and in France it was Italian disease.

On the bright side, this situation has urged people to rethink their consumption patterns and behaviors, climate change is a major issue now. The world has also witnessed some inspiring incidents of solidarity and empathy among the people. 

We can see the race among the countries to find the solution to this problem. Many brilliant minds around the world are working hard to find the remedy, a vaccine. Facing a problem and finding a solution to this which always been major reason of human evolution

In a mass crisis like this, what we need is a different economic mindset. There are no simple fixes to the situation created by coronavirus. Ironically, the current situation presents a unique opportunity to reevaluate our perspective towards human evolution. If we can recognize, this moment is an opportunity to reset the course.  This moment we can think about being friendlier with nature and maintaining human-nature harmony to ensure each other’s’ existence.

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