Archive for June, 2021
Sars-Cov-2 hit at an inauspicious geo-political and geo-environmental moment.
An era of rising nationalism and populism made it frustratingly difficult to mount a collaborative response to a global pandemic. Jair Bolsonaro of Brazil, Xi Jinping of China, Narendra Modi of India, Vladimir Putin of Russia, Recep Tayyip Erdogan of Turkey, Boris Johnson of the United Kingdom, and Donald Trump of the United States stand out. All these leaders (and their executive teams) evinced some combination of parochialism and political insecurity or ideology, which caused them to initially downplay the crisis, ignore the science, or deny its viability, and reject essential international cooperation whilst favouring corporate interests. This ensured their slow and ineffective roll out of immediate viral strategic control. Leading to significant adverse consequences driven by internal political narratives (self or party-protectionism) rather than globally focussed health care. Read the rest of this entry »
As we in the UK move to a progressively relaxed series of social constraints, many are focussing on their proposed re-engagement with previous patterns of work and social life, others are seeking to hybridise their futures, and some have taken the opportunity to re-invent.
Many however, have experienced a change in circumstance and health status so profound, that they can see no easy way to reconnect with a life filled with potential or at least a life that they previously coped with. This appears to be especially true in the arena of mental health, social engagement, and the attainment of internal contentment. Read the rest of this entry »
The source of the Sars-Cov-2 virus has to date been suggested to have either ‘spilled’ over from wildlife to humans, i.e bat to human transmission (zoonotic), or to have emerged, without direct animal transfer from a virology research lab in Wuhan China. Other proposals of origination have yet to make their way into collective consciousness, but no doubt there are some lurking at the edge of plausibility! The research community already accepts that ‘natural spillovers’ occur, these have been recorded for many decades, and highlighted in books and journals that they can cause dangerous and transmissible outbreaks, so scientists do not need any further proof for this proposal. Read the rest of this entry »