‘Living in the Age of Corona Virus’
The Corona Virus that emanated out of Wuhan in China at the end of 2019 has effectively turned planet Earth into the site of a live 21st century science-fiction film set.
2020 was a year of subversion. Never since the Spanish flu has humanity experienced an influenza pandemic in this proportion and on this scale. To stop the spread of viral particles, humans were tasked to isolate from each other that resulted in an increase of online technology. Companies such as ZOOM that provides individuals with online meeting platforms made an overnight fortune. Large scale drives to take learning online resulted in the desolation of university campuses and social opportunities.
Since the corona virus otherwise known as COVID-19 began, numerous variants particular to specific countries have emerged. The virus has mutated in various locations. Will we see the rise of mutants as humans develop further following their immune battle with multiple variants?
The continual fall-out of climate change during the 21st century that has displaced thousands of humans is now directly related to the start of COVID-19. Climate change has impacted on indigenous habitats, forcing animals to search for new spaces to live. Climate change has also resulted in an increase in animal poaching. Exotic animals from Zimbabwe such as pangolins and bats may have mixed in the wet food markets of Wuhan, causing an air borne virus to emerge.
Is COVID-19 planet Earth’s response to the continual pressures exerted onto it by humans? Is it Earth’s natural process of renewal?
The question that continually evokes a desired answer is: what will a post-COVID-19 world be like? Will it return to how it was or will the effects of the pandemic alter our lifestyles and approaches to learning?
It is blatantly evident that COVID is closely linked to climate change. As environmental degradation has increased, so too have phenomena such as this pandemic.
How can we strategize on a local level to stop the potentials of any future pandemics?