Opinion | Lessons for the world from the coronaviral pandemic4 min read 12 Mar 2020, 10:52 PM IST
The pandemic has brought to the fore a range of issues, from the vulnerability of our economic structures to the role of technology in the spread of misinformation
As of the time of writing, there were 115,000 Covid-19 cases globally and climbing. These are very likely the tip of the iceberg, given limited testing and an incentive to hide cases to avoid wage and job losses. The Organization for Economic Cooperation and Development predicted that a half-percentage-point of global gross domestic product growth could be lost as an economic fallout of cancelled travel, closed factories, disrupted supply chains, and people staying home. Bloomberg Economics suggested that we could see zero growth this year if the virus isn’t contained soon. Hand-washing and social distancing appear to be slowing the spread, though the “infodemic of fake news", to borrow the phrase from World Health Organization (WHO) chief Tedros Ghebreyesus, offers a number of other perspectives and “solutions".