Sunday, April 12, 2020

COMMENTARY: How the coronavirus pandemic is a symptom of bigger problems

(Kai Chan's Commentary for Global News)

I worry about COVID-19 and the sweeping economic harm it is bringing, but I worry far more if nothing big changes.

Four systemic vulnerabilities created a perfect-storm context for the coronavirus. Each is a product of short-sighted action by individuals and governments, which distributes impacts on the rest of the globe. Each one also contributes importantly to a raft of other global problems, with massive social and economic effects. We would do well to start addressing them now.

In a nutshell, we need to clamp down on the wildlife trade; normalize physical distancing in regular life; invest in health care like a sacred public good; and reconfigure the economy to provide what people really need....


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