The coronavirus is not a wake-up call, it is much more than that

The current coronavirus sees us envisioning our lives when it all blows over. However, whether we register it or not, they’re forever changed.

 

 

The world is forever changed.

Like other world-changing events, it is rumoured to have been triggered by the natural world. The hypothesis is that a bat’s bite of a pangolin in China proved to be the catalyst. The pangolin was then sold in a local meat market and consumed, providing the virus with a human host and a critical crossover point. China is not at fault. Consuming wildlife is a cultural norm the world over. Something that’s been done for centuries.

It’s a critical and convenient flaw in human nature to blame the other. It does not help. Perhaps in the future, a well-researched historical treatise will unravel the truth behind what occurred. I have a sceptic’s sense this truth will be hard to uncover. If I’ve learned anything from reading human history, it is that, unfailingly, there are those who seek to keep secrets from view. The inconvenient truth.

From that point forward, the virus did what it was perfectly designed to do: find a new host and replicate. China, with its large population, provided a target-rich environment. The virus continued its relentless spread below the radar of Chinese health officials until it was beyond local containment. The virus, aided by unsuspecting hosts, continued its march across the globe unleashing the pandemic found in books of both science fact and science fiction.

As a species, we have been conditioned to feel secure that our technology, intellect, might, money, and occasional goodwill would ensure our future. We have awakened now painfully aware that the natural world has and always will include natural phenomena that relentlessly waits its turn to exert its own form of mastery. It’s not malevolent, it’s just playing its part of the world we inhabit.

 

The coronavirus is not a wake-up call. It is not a near miss. It is a direct hit at humanity that will forever leave an indelible mark in our minds and that of human history.

 

The coronavirus is not a wake-up call. It is not a near miss. It is a direct hit at humanity that will forever leave an indelible mark in our minds and that of human history.

We’ve had wake-up calls before in SARS and MERS and pandemics of our past. For the most part, these primers were ignored and categorized as another country’s problem or left to a small group of medical, scientific, and epidemiologists to study. Their research, analysis, and recommendations are likely of great value, though my sense is they were either self-contained within that community or remained on the shelf due to some bureaucratic sense of conflict with funding something more popular.

So, we find ourselves hurtling into an unwelcome unknown. A destination and reality of immeasurable discomfort for most of humanity.

We look to our elected leaders for answers, advice, security, and leadership. History will ultimately determine which leaders passed the test. Our President and many politicians that surround him have thus far failed to pass the test of leadership under duress. Absent this political leadership, we look to the women and men of science and medicine to help us find the secure bottom. Our intellect logically leads us to look to experts to help make sense and provide direction. I have faith in their ability to deliver the right dosages of hard truth, direction, and assurances our minds can logically process.

While we certainly have not come to the “end of days” of religious prophecy, this experience has left humanity deeply shaken. Unexpectedly, as a species, we find ourselves in water over our heads and we struggle to find a secure bottom. Ultimately, each one of us must own finding our secure bottom, and the strong among us must help others find theirs.

 

 

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