The Pandemic: scenarios and global consequences
Federica Lollo and Alessandro Politi
Source: Technology Networks
This short article is divided into two parts: one seeing what are the possible pandemic scenarios ahead, showing that an extensive co-operation is necessary, and the other detailing probable consequences on global balances. The final assessment is sobering beyond rhetoric calls to self-sufficiency.
Pandemic scenarios and general needs
Pandemics and epidemics put humanity under a magnifying glass: they question our social relations with mortality, death and life. Furthermore, they open new perspectives on human interaction with the environment (both the environment that we adapted to our necessities and the natural one, responding to the previous) and on human relationships with each other’s. Pandemics and epidemics shape history and could be considered like portals that give humanity the opportunity to rethink about its structure and values, and to assess its weaknesses.
The Coronavirus pandemic reminds us that we live in a so-called risk society, pervaded by a sense of an undefined but omnipresent threat that is one of the common denominators of our era. We become more and more dependent on specialised scientific knowledge to decide what is dangerous and what it is not; so, relying on science we will be defining our lifestyles and global scenarios in the long-term. Here are some possible short-term developments.
Source: The New York Times, modified from the Center for Infectious Disease Research and Policy