The fact that global pandemics typically last for at least three years determines the historical truth of what happens next. There are lingering issues with coronavirus disease (COVID-19) that do not bode well in the short term.
The first topic is to look at the delta variant and the issue of unvaccinated people, keeping in mind their importance before the coming winter in the northern hemisphere and next spring. We are well into our second year of this very strong pandemic, with unknown twists and turns still challenging health systems around the world. COVID-19 is still going strong. However, the obligation to open and remain open is necessary in many parts of the world due to economic demands. But there are events that pose challenges in terms of creating the appropriate response to the rebound of the pandemic versus preventing its continuation.
One need only look at Australia, a country with a brilliant immunization record and specific methodologies for dealing with the pandemic. Yet its current crisis is escalating, with further restrictions on movement and the state of Victoria extending its lockdown. The situation in South Australia illustrates the damage caused by urban epidemics.
Once again, large-scale events, such as sporting events in the UK, call into question a possible rapid recovery. Britain’s ‘Freedom Day’ turns out to be a delta-variant event and should be seen as a case study of mismanagement and inability to maintain order. Human rights policy during a pandemic faces a unique challenge in Britain due to the Brexit factor. The country’s domestic politics helped condemn its recovery. Estimates of what will follow in the UK as a result of government policy, including travel red lists, do not look good. The unvaccinated are increasingly infected, which is obviously a global trend. The way London battles disease, along with other Western democracies, could make or break the speed of economic recovery.
Even with small-scale events, like the reopening of nightclubs for those who are vaccinated, protocols sometimes go out the window. The uncomfortable truth emerges that generations of young people around the world are heading towards a potential Petri dish setting, in which the delta variant spreads far and wide. Add alcohol to the mix and there’s a real problem about to emerge, from the UK to Seattle.
There are more large-scale events on the horizon and that means increased vigilance is needed. Of course, crowd dynamics and disease control go hand in hand. As we have seen with the Tokyo Olympics, adjustments and sacrifices have to be made in order to organize certain events. Others, like the Hajj, are strictly controlled, protecting the holy places from contamination. Another example of a large-scale event is the UAE Expo 2020, but this global festival lasts for six months during the winter season. With proper disease mitigation controls, Expo will be successful. Organizers of next year’s FIFA World Cup in Qatar are also gearing up on how best to tackle the virus and its variants. Although in months yet, planning is underway as to how best to cope with such gatherings of people.
There is no doubt that the global presence of the delta variant complicates medical surveillance and requires greater resources to protect human security requirements. The longer the pandemic continues, the more high-tech monitoring and control solutions will be needed. If the pathogen had been treated effectively at the start of the epidemic, the need for such technological solutions would be less dramatic and conflicting. But, because the concept of “freedom from death” is so ingrained in Western societies, such measures are criticized.
It is the double-edged sword in the world of the Fourth Industrial Revolution – one that means higher technological demands and data mining to influence and modify behavior in an environment where the individual must coexist with the agent. pathogenic. This type of evaluation first appeared last March, but even today there is a lack of awareness of such a concept. Instead, a conflict of wills over the controversial issue of “freedom” sparks a bitter fight, in which those wary of technological solutions will find themselves increasingly constrained by disease restriction programs such as passports. vaccine. Apps with QR codes are necessary for security and are increasingly important for travel during the pandemic. Combating this tendency only prolongs the misery.
The irony of the above is that we knew all of this information last year, as the dividing lines were quickly drawn. A pandemic creates a toxic ecosystem, in which governance failures, a growing lack of supplies and an increase in deaths and illnesses from malnutrition, especially in countries of the South, are part of the landscape.