-By Palak Chhabra
While we were all cocooned in our daily lives, making it from home to workplace amid cars rushing by, an unprecedented hush of an unusual phenomenon hit the world creating havoc, causing us to be where we are today. With increasing vulnerability, nearly half of the world's 3.3 billion people have come to the verge of losing their livelihood. Developing countries are at a greater risk of having to combat issues like poverty and migration as corona has made it even worse. Even before we could realize and get acquainted with, lockdown, social distancing and wearing masks became the 'new normal' we were made to settle with.
Public health, tourism and Information Technology saw the plunge coupled with a slow down in the manufacturing process and people being laid off from their high paying jobs feeling miserable. Covid has left people in doldrums with economic, social and political insecurities at their peak. At the same time, it has made us realize the relevance of going digital by introducing us to the world of technology, particularly in educational institutions. Gradually, indulging in festivities became a thing of the past with people stuck in lockdown and also some in quarantine. From restrictions in travel movements to the burden on the existing medical system, the pandemic has laid bare its fragility and made the world much aware of working on its disaster management structures. As India emerges as a global pharmacy having gifted the world a dose of its goodwill, the win over the corona race is not yet over.
Corona, being termed as a biological weapon made by China has a political and diplomatic angle to it, however, the impact it has created worldwide is enormous with one-fourth of Italy holding a rally of dead bodies. Witnessing a spike in the number of cases, global solidarity and pooling in the required expertise of countries can aid us to come out of this vicious circle. From rethinking climate change to formalizing the informal economy are some steps in the right direction. We can only hope for the world to heal with international leaders in place to combat such a menace and wish that our ‘new normal’ is a better one.
The covid chaos has disrupted the economy and decimated jobs to such an extent that it has become a herculean task to bring the economic cycle back to a normal trajectory. But having faced this new global common, we ought to devise new ways and adopt appropriate technology like that of Artificial Intelligence to bounce back faster, for which support of developed countries is needed. The pandemic has tested our patience to a greater extent and left us with no choice but to exert certain resilience and support towards society in general.