Coronavirus: Opportunity in Adversity

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Coronavirus: Opportunity in Adversity

Sidharth Bedi Varma | March 14, 2020 12:49 hrs

As the Coronavirus spreads across countries, world leaders, sports personalities, celebrities and events have all been affected by it and as some of the biggest events like the Serie A, Premier League, NBA, IPL and other global conferences have been suspended, it is important to assess how capable nations are of withstanding this adversity.

The WHO declaring the Coronavirus as pandemic has triggered a chain of events which include a dip in global travel (by ban and by choice), crashing economies, shortage of protective gear and supply, sealed borders along with some other drastic measures. And if reports are to be believed, this trend is likely to continue in the time ahead.

As global leaders are preparing for things to get worse, there is a parallel fear of the rise in xenophobia. There are photos and videos circulating of people fighting for the last bottle of sanitizer, the last roll of toilet paper or wearing masks, only around certain ethnic groups. There is also a blame game in the works between two countries that have been at each others’ throats for the longest time. The virus was also referred to as “Chinese” on several occasions, but is that doing us any good? This is a war that is not being fought with weapons and violence and this finger pointing is only breeding hate.

A pandemic is not restricted to any country, ethnicity, race, or financial background. It is only with high profile names falling victims, people are beginning to see the real threat that lies ahead.

As the virus has failed containment, and its vaccine being at least a year away from mass production, humanity needs to come together and stick this out because it is only in adversity that we find the biggest opportunity. 

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