Has globalization helped the Corona virus to spread rapidly?
There is a myth in many parts of the world, that due to globalization, the Covid-19 virus could easily spread and affect many people around the world. Although it may be true, that due to rapid remote coverage by air, water, and other sources, the disease spread, and putting all the blame on globalization is wrong. There are many cases in history in which epidemics have spread and caused the loss of millions of human lives before air travel existed. In this article on whether globalization helped the corona virus spread rapidly, let’s look at the details.
Restricting globalization: what’s the idea?
The supporters of deglobalization want to build walls like the Great Wall of China, restrict travel and travel, reduce trade between countries. Yes, in these times of Crown crisis, a temporary quarantine is necessary, but the long-term implications of isolation between countries can trigger a financial collapse. In short, the most required factor today is cooperation between all countries and definitely not isolation.
History and epidemics
Epidemics like the plague and smallpox have destroyed many civilizations around the world. There were times when people used to leave the entire city and towns, moving to a new place to start a new life. In ancient times, there were no suitable means of transportation, such as ships and airplanes. But still the epidemics happened. For example, look at the Black Death epidemic of the 14th century. The death toll reaches millions of countries from Western Europe to East Asia. Almost more than 19 million people lost their lives.
It was in 1520, smallpox started in Central America and wiped out almost a quarter of its native population.
A deadly flu started in 1918 and spread to many corners of the world. The total population lost was 100 million. Compared to the lives lost in the First World War, the number of victims is higher.
How our ancestors faced an epidemic
To be honest, they tried all the measures and methods to control the epidemic. Many methods were unhealthy and did not produce good results. Some cultures were based on superstition and thought that the epidemic was a curse or punishment from the gods. In some countries, healthy people used to move to other places leaving behind dead, sick and unworthy livestock. There is also evidence of human sacrifice to appease the gods as a means of protecting themselves from the epidemic.
What are the measures followed in recent times to combat any epidemic?
Although epidemics continued to reappear from time to time, the sanitation and clean-up process helped curb the victims. The main reason for millions of deaths in old age was due to the fact that our ancestors did not understand the disease and the reasons for its spread so fast.
In recent times, a virus can spread in a few hours to all parts of the world, courtesy of air travel. But any epidemic will not cause millions of deaths, the reason, the exchange of information. The best defense that humanity has against any disease in recent times is information in the form of scientific analysis and preventive medicine prepared as soon as possible.
It was in the 1900s that medical professionals from all countries came together and exchanged information on diseases in all countries. Then the worldwide vaccination program began. Thanks to the sincere efforts of these medical professionals, some highly contagious diseases such as smallpox were completely eliminated as early as 1979.
In the early days, it was difficult to collect samples from affected people without being infected. Now, with recent medical equipment in the form of gloves and masks, professionals can easily collect samples, analyze, identify, and then suggest possible cure in the form of antibiotics. People in old age could not determine the cause of diseases like the Black Death and died by the millions. But when the Corona outbreak occurred, it took medical professionals less than 15 days to identify the virus, its genetics, and possible ways to identify affected people, isolate them, and prevent the spread of this disease on a large scale.
What did you learn from the history of epidemics?
The very fact that globalization has caused many deaths is once again proven wrong. Without proper transportation, many epidemics caused millions of deaths in the early days.
The real protection against any epidemic is when the country affected for the first time must share the information about the disease with its neighboring countries as soon as possible. In this situation, it is trust and mutual understanding that matters a lot to prevent the spread of disease. All other countries must also extend a helping hand to the affected country. Today, with the Corona virus wreaking havoc around the world, China has to teach countries lessons about the virus.
Cooperation is also mandatory when countries do their best to restrict the travel of citizens of other nations during an epidemic. If countries don’t trust each other, disease information becomes useless.
In the last century the war against smallpox was won, because all countries participated in the vaccination program. If a country had failed to align itself, then smallpox would have stayed and waited for the right moment to strike. But it did not happen.
Keep in mind that, in recent times, all of humanity needs to establish a clear boundary line. It is not between countries and nations. But the dividing line between humans and viruses needs to be clearly established. The viruses that have caused deaths in recent times have come from animals to humans. For example, the Ebola virus. Therefore, safety measures and precautions should be explained to communities around the world. Otherwise, from time to time, the boundary line between virus and man will be broken due to transmission. Then the entire human race will become an easy target for a new hunting virus.
With the content of the preceding paragraph, some facts should also be taken into account. There are some cultures in the world where people do not even know basic health services. These people can become broadcast targets.
Since the last half century, medical science has been preparing to meet the challenges of epidemics. There is an entire army in the form of medical professionals, nurses and other personnel to patrol the world and protect itself from any epidemic.
What are the main factors that can help an epidemic to spread more quickly?
It is true that we have all the medical facilities, but the countries have lost trust with each other. In some countries, corrupt politicians do not provide grants to medical institutions and hinder their growth and research. There is a sector of society that does not trust the advice of scientific medical experts and goes about their lives according to their will. All of these factors can contribute to the spread of a disease among many countries.
Hopefully the Corona Scare promotes trust between countries. Let’s not focus on the issue: has globalization helped the corona virus to spread rapidly? It is a painful lesson, but turn this regrettable event into an opportunity to strengthen ties between countries. Brotherhood between countries can make the entire human race stand firm in the face of any disaster (natural or health-related). Let us resolve to cross the planet, if necessary, at any time to combat a threat that may threaten the entire human race.
Today, let us pray in our hearts to the Supreme Power to save this Mother Earth from the impact of the Corona Virus.