December 2019, while the world was busy celebrating Christmas and the approach of 2020, A Asian country was busy trying to contain a novel virus. This virus belonged to the family of Corona virus, a family excellent in the art of causing respiratory infections ranging from the common cold to more severe diseases such as Middle East Respiratory Syndrome (MERS) and Severe Acute Respiratory Syndrome (SARS) both in humans and animals.
The newest and the youngest member of this family, severe acute respiratory syndrome corona virus 2 (SARS-CoV-2) or popularly known by the name Covid-19.
First identified in the Wuhan district of China, this young member soon took the world by storm. Primarily spread through droplets of cough/sneeze or other body fluids of infected people to healthy people. The world governments failed to understand the severity of the disease and this eventually led to a lock down spanning the entire world.
The world began to see changes it had never seen before, malls shut, movie houses and busy streets abandoned and soulless, schools and colleges were shut down.Expos such as Comic-con, E3 and other major events were cancelled keeping in regard with the pandemic. Governments around the world started adopting the system of lock downs to control the impact and spread of the virus, this meant confining millions of citizens to their homes, shutting down businesses and ceasing almost all economic activity. People were also forced to stay inside their houses just to protect their loved ones. Offices which once buzzed with people and smelled strongly of coffee were now deserted. Thus began the worst slump seen in the world economy since the Great Depression of the 1930. The pandemic pushed the global economy into a recession. To put into simple terms people were losing their money. Businesses which were in debt were soon seen to sink into oblivion. Stock Markets around the world have been pounded and oil prices have fallen off a cliff. Many major conglomerates including tech giants like Google, Facebook, Infosys, as well as the big names of the gaming industry all resorted and adapted to a new way of working- WORK FROM HOME. Though this form of working eased the tension of financial crisis in businesses, it did reduce the overall efficiency and quality of work people could offer and provide from their homes. Schools and Colleges adopted online teaching as a way of providing uninterrupted education to their students. Despite all these efforts to keep the economy running, the International Monetary Fund(IMF) projects a negative growth in the world economy(a decrease in monetary services and economy).
People had mixed responses towards the pandemic with fear, confusion and anxiety topping them. Some people were reported to have committed suicide due to their irrational fear of Covid-19. Prodigious amounts of misinformation of the novel virus spread among the masses which further instilled fear in them. Mass hysteria spread once curfews and lock downs were imposed. People started storing rations which could last them months but which they did not find immediate use of. The countries and its governments started shutting off their International borders and cut all forms of interstate and foreign travels, limiting flights to those only which carried essential commodities. Wide-scale testing was carried out to swarm out infected people. One such exceptional case was that of Germany’s, which not only was successful in limiting the spread of the virus but also one of the only countries to spend 60% of its GDP to support both small-scale and large-scale businesses.
Though the pandemic seems to have no end, people still show optimism towards a bright future, one that offers them hope and prosperity.