Coronavirus, Costs & Chaos: Slouching Toward Bethlehem To Be Born

Among the many international issues facing the world, the Coronavirus has become a foremost cause. According to Johns Hopkins University, the first Coronavirus case emerged on December 1, 2019. The first case had no connection to the now infamous Wuhan, Hubei, China Fish Market.  Despite this, many early cases began to emanate from the Wuhan Fish Market.

Wuhan is a city in Hubei province, which specializes in construction, machinery, food  and automotive manufacturing according to 2016 data from the Berkeley Sourcing Group. Because Hubei is so far inland, it is likely that much of Wuhan’s food production is not for export and could explain its rapid spread–including to the local markets.

The Novel Coronavirus (COVID-19) or SARS-CoV-2 is a zoonotic respiratory disease. Zoonotic diseases are those passed between species (animal to human). And it is reported that human to animal viruses are on the rise.  According to the Minnesota Department of Health, rabies, trichinosis, and Bioterrorism diseases are among the most common zoonotic diseases. Bats are the most common carriers of coronaviruses (zoonotic disease), because they carry over 200 varieties. Bats are most often used in the manufacture of bio-weapons because coronaviruses can be manipulated to create new and more potent diseases through mutation and other biological mechanization.

COVID-19 did not originate from the Wuhan Market; and although it is viral, it is not a typical flu. According to Chinese researchers, patient zero had no epidemiological link to the later cases of the virus in the Wuhan Market.

According to Chinese researchers, patient zero had no epidemiological link to the later cases of the virus in the Wuhan Market.

Regardless of the origin, the coronavirus continues to make its mark, registering over 3000 deaths and over 80,000 cases world wide according to recent figures released by the Chinese Xin Hua News Agency on March 1, 2020 and the World Health Organization (WHO). Experts, specialists and pundits around the world are calculating the toll of the disease in lives, manpower, productivity and money.

The Coronavirus comes at the close of the massive trade war between the U.S. and China, the Hong Kong Protests, and renewed conflict with Iran via the killing of general Qasem Soleimani, a possible global economic slowdown and the uncertainty of a teetering U.S. dollar. The luxury industry is slated to lose over 40 billion according to Vogue Business Reports and other reports suggest the figure may reach the trillions.

The luxury industry is slated to lose over 40 billion according to Vogue Business Reports and other reports suggest the figure may reach the trillions.

COVID-19 has caused nations to turn inward to find solutions, as the the disease continues its path. As national borders are closed and inbound international flights are scrutinized, nations around the world are quickly realizing the necessity of being able to supply their own economies and populations. The need for internal adequacy and independence is ever more prominent in the wake of COVID-19 and may throw nations into a flurry of unplanned development. China itself built a hospital in ten days to respond to the epidemic.

More than ever, the inadequacies of the world business and currency model are highlighted as developing and developed nations hurry to secure their populations. Lagging productivity abroad could mean severe lack in nations that depend on exports for vital needs in food, security, technology and infrastructure.

The need for internal adequacy and independence is ever more prominent in the wake of COVID-19 and may throw nations into a flurry of unplanned development. China itself built a hospital in ten days to respond to the epidemic.

While the Coronavirus undoubtedly has had a devastating effect, it is quickly revealing the loopholes in heavy reliance on former world powers for stability and security. The epidemic may catapult the world into a new age of independence far more quickly than had been estimated. Discontent with current world financial and political systems may now turn into aggressive action now that nations may find they have only themselves on which to rely. Necessitated by survival, nations may be forced to move more quickly and with more self-interest toward new models that bolster independence and ensure their future.

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