Large areas of forests and jungles have been ruthlessly cut in search of new space for industrial settlements and plants, of course for profit, which is exactly led to the stock market collapse. So much destruction of nature has led to a boomerang effect. As Covid-19 spreads across the planet, stock markets have crashed in response to the economic impact this virus will wreak on the global economy and cities around the world are shutting down. Uncertainty breeds panic. We shouldn’t really be surprised by SARS-CoV-2, the new coronavirus. We’ve seen this scenario play out before with Middle East respiratory syndrome (MERS) and severe acute respiratory syndrome (SARS). In his book “Spillover: Animal Infections and the Next Human Pandemic,” David Quammen warned us years ago about the dangers of animal viruses jumping into humans. It was only a matter of time, he wrote, that our destruction of forests and jungles would put us in contact with bats and other wild species that harbour viruses that had previously gone undetected.
Covid-19 has twists and turns, with exotic animals like bats and scaly pangolins playing the antagonists as the source of the infection. Our fears are piqued by how much is still unknown, about the best we’re told we can do to protect ourselves is to stay away from people and wash our hands frequently, which seems, in this high-tech era, far too mundane for something that has essentially shut down many countries in the world.
Whether it is just this or it is also about projects, patents, we will see. Comparing Covid-19 with some earlier pandemics, it seems possible that once Covid-19 is ridiculous in relation to some future viruses and pandemics. Only we can hope that all of this will not go too far, because the world is already changing, and some new pandemics and stock market crashes may be even more drastic.