It’s something that has never been tried before: 1.3 billion people — a fifth of the globe’s population — locked down in one place for 21 straight days.
On a recent group chat, one of my teacher daughters working remotely in north Florida texts: “This makes me so sad. I talked to a parent today who said she spent the morning running around town looking for meat and toilet paper.”
In just a few short weeks, the COVID-19 pandemic has laid bare the vulnerability we share as a society. We’ve adopted drastic measures to attempt to prevent a tidal wave of sickness and death.
Here we are staring down the barrel of our second week on lockdown. I don’t know about you but thus far, I’m nothing but a big old bag of emotions. I only realised the emotional toll this new, weird, distanced way of life was having on me on Thursday night.
Coronavirus has given Zionism a victory over democracy in the battle for Israel’s identity. The election of opposition Blue and White party leader Benny Gantz as interim speaker of parliament has led to cabinet formation negotiations with arch Zionist Binyamin Netanyahu.
Governments across the world have responded in radically different ways to the COVID-19 crisis. Some are denying its seriousness. Some are blaming others. More and more are enacting restrictions on personal freedoms that are without precedent in peacetime. To defeat the virus, governments need to take a strictly evidence-based approach in order to learn rapidly from all countries’ experience. That will require cooperation and coordination.
The impact of any one economy on the global system was attributed to France or Britain in the 19th century and the United States in the 20th.It assumed an Asian tone in the 21stcentury with the “If China sneezes, the world catches a cold” reference!
Social distancing is totally at odds with human behaviour and the construction of global capitalism. Our entire world is on pause, and yet there are still not enough TV series and podcasts in existence to entertain us.