Attention to the causes and effects of Covid-19

The spotlight

In 2020 the media and governmental attention went to:

  • Handling the crisis
  • Hospitals and intensive cares
  • Prevention: Social distancing, washing hands and face masks
  • Testing and test capacity
  • Vaccines and treatments
  • Economic consequences
  • Famous people and leaders who suffered from Covid-19

A new attitude

Let’s start with the light at the end of the tunnel: The vaccine. Normally it takes up to 15 years to create a vaccine. In some cases like Influenza there aren’t any fixed vaccines (only seasonal). We let it happen for the most part and accept the risks. The current pandemic shows a shift, that started in China, to not accept this anymore.

A makeable world

Modern society has a strong faith in science and technology as the savior for all things. Scientific and technological progress let us believe in a makeable society. Protecting individuals (even in countries like China) at all cost. When you would view Corona through an evil rational bureaucrat then he would say: “let the weak and old die. Good for the health of the total population”. But fortunately we are not evil, we want to protect lives.

10 different kinds of questions

If we can imagine it or not, we couldn’t be able to stop Covid-19 hundred years later to become a pandemic, and we couldn’t prevent many deaths. Still on the other hand there are currently 193 vaccine trials. We have excellent intensive care. We do major testing. We limit social life and partly sacrifice our economy.

  1. Why does it take so many years to develop a vaccine (up to 15 years) and what can be done to accelerate this process in the future?
  2. Why was it hard to scale physical resources? Will there be plans to scale medical resources? Will there be intensive care units available in the future to deploy in outbreak regions. Will there be crash courses to train health care personnel (and those who want to shift) for a specific health care crisis?
  3. Why haven’t there been a similar reaction to influenza in the past? Influenza causes also a lot of deaths, but we almost didn’t take any measures. Why do we still accept this, just like traffic accidents, air pollution (estimated for 7 million deaths a year)? Why don’t we fight these things the same way we do with Covid-19?
  4. A lot of governments are steering the economy. For example subsidies for electric cars to help the shift from natural resources to sustainable ones. How can we make things like fighting virus more profitable? So that startups focus on such things instead of making another app or platform?
  5. Why did every country respond on its own and there was no cooperation possible?
  6. Why are there no rules on capturing data? Every country has its own way to record cases and fatalities, so that it’s harder to compare measures between countries.
  7. How does our modern way of living (overpopulation, overweight, traveling) had effect on the spread?
  8. What are we really doing with overweight and diabetes which were a huge risk factor?
  9. What is done to fight the root causes? The hypothesis is that this is because animal markets and bad hygiene standards? Shouldn’t this be a primary focus?
  10. How far do we go to make a makeable society? What do we sacrifice and what do we accept?

The root-cause

When a major incident happens in IT an extensive root-cause analysis is carried out. Accordingly, a problem is being defined and steps are being made to structural solving the issue so that it doesn’t happen again.

Conclusion

We are very far from a makeable society. But if we want to become more like it, we don’t only need to change our attitude, but we need to pay more attention to the cause and effect on every level of our society.

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