A New Vision for a Post COVID-19 Future
22 April, 2020
COVID-19 is a wake-up call to the world. One moment people were going about their normal lives, jobs, school, and activities, and then in a matter of weeks, hundreds of thousands have died, millions have been infected, and half of the world’s population is in some form of lockdown. Never before has health and wellbeing declined so rapidly and simultaneously for so many people across the globe. The Coronavirus pandemic is exposing great health schisms between the world’s “haves” and “have nots.” Wealthy countries and communities with ample healthcare resources are much better positioned to deliver care to COVID-19 patients. The “haves” also include individuals who are in good health, because our own health and immune systems form the first line of defense against infectious disease. Indeed, healthy people have a good chance of mild symptoms and recovery from COVID-19, while those with chronic conditions – such as diabetes, heart disease, and compromised immune systems – are at high risk for severe illness and death.