In the midst of every crisis, lies great opportunities. A look back in history illustrates numerous ways that crises has offered unexpected benefits for societies, countries and humanity. The Black Death, which hit Europe in 1347, believed to mark the end of middle ages and the beginning of renaissance. Similarly, the worst-hit of 21st century corona virus which has taken the lives of 623k people globally, is mystifying phenomena. As far as the positives of the pandemic is concerned there are an enough justifying evidence.
The lockdown policy to curtail the spread of virus provide a fertile ground for the growth of indigenous industry. PTI government in Pakistan inaugurated the country’s first indigenous ventilator’s manufacturing facility and people are compelled to use their locally manufactured products. It has brought the medical engineers and professional on a single table to work collectively and will have positive impact on research and development efforts.
The global crisis is influencing the environment, reveals some surprising dynamics. According to estimates by International Energy Agency 2.6 billion metric tons of carbon dioxide will never be emitted to atmosphere this year. In addition to this, people in smog-choked areas of India suddenly shared photos of suddenly visible Himalayas. Home confinement policy reduce the number of road accidents on average one-month lockdown saved 110,000 lives. People infected with the novel corona virus are more likely to die if they live in the regions with high level of pollution.
Last but not the least, home confinement policy paves way for e-learning and e-trade/commerce platforms. It will become a permanent future of our education and online trade system. Much of this impact will be felt in developing countries that were lagging in advanced technologies. The number of users in e-commerce market is expected to increase to more than 5 million by 2024. Where COVID-19 seized the jobs of millions of people Amazon even went for hiring 100,000 more workers in US to meet the demand of increasing online customers during crisis.
Corona virus is not an event that will end at a certain point, the global and regional efforts to save humanity will win over the disease.