Coronavirus: Beyond the Crisis

-Souhail Arfaoui *

The health crisis emerges through the exacerbation of social inequality and lack of confidence in politics and leads to the destabilization of fragile states. So far, there is no vaccine for the Coronavirus and the only way to reduce the peak of the disease is to adhere to quarantine, thus avoiding an influx of patients into already fragile healthcare systems. We will move from a healthy issue to the problem of maintaining order. In the end, we’ll end up with a political problem: will exacerbate all the frustrations that already exist in the social system. In the collective imagination, the Coronavirus is seen as a disease brought by people travel by plane or ship. Consequently, the demand for containment or quarantine from the state is seen as a tyrannical decision, made by the rich and at the expense of the poor, and therefore there is a class perception of quarantine, which will fuel anti-political hatred. This is already in the social system and will lead to riots and rebellions. The health crisis turns into a social crisis, especially as it develops in environments characterized by strong inequality. In cities, if you are a middle-class, if you have a house or garden, you will not encounter quarantine in the same way as you would if you lived in working-class neighborhoods in densely populated neighborhoods or in slums. Corona may be an opportunity to carry out an epistemological recovery in the biological field. Epistemology will reviews science as a crisis of errors that requires revisions and requires reform and restoration.

On a cultural level, the culture of hygiene will change, and thus individuals will use more and more hygiene products, the investment will also take place in medical and paramedical materials. On a geopolitical cultural level, national politics will spread, return to nationalism, and leave or revise alliances and unions. On a social level, remote work will become a valuable and prerequisite for work, and organizations and libraries may close and provide their services remotely.
The European Union will face an economic crisis and will seek to recover what it lost in the Corona crisis . China as a “factory” of the world, and the fact that a large part of the Chinese population is committed to the quarantine, from it, we note the impossibility of exporting. Europe depends on China, where many of the technical components are manufactured in China and this leads to repercussions on the production of companies. Which creates a sense of uncertainty for the consumer, and therefore consumption causes a decrease in supply. This coronavirus pandemic has shaken the global economy; the director of the WORLD HEALTH ORGANIZATION raises the threat to its highest level and believes that the virus has reached a decisive point. The virus is spreading faster outside of China because it is difficult to impose the same protective measures elsewhere. Financial market stocks around the world collapsed following an economic slowdown. Business production is slowing down, hiring is stopped everywhere, even large industrial and service groups are resigned to dismissing a significant proportion of their employees so as not to close.

Apart from economic issues, there is also the issue of the ability to continue for several weeks away from conditions of aggravated mixing. This will lead to a lot of tensions within the family, and a lot of conflicts around as well. After the health crisis and complete containment, the time will come for a revival that will accelerate the economic and societal changes that have begun, which have also been revealed through the Corona virus crisis.
The crisis is always accelerating the change, and the virus crisis will not be an exception. We have all known for a long time that the excessive globalization of trade attacks the social foundations of our societies and contributes to the unsustainable development of our economy. The virus crisis can accelerate this trend towards less globalization and encourage the sustainable development of our economy. The production chain can become regional with the need for an industry close to the place of consumption. For a long time, we have collectively realized that we must change things. Anxiety and uncertainty are fueled, and the human mind is filled with unknown scenarios and terrifying situations that keep us in a state of constant tension. Anxiety is an excessive psychological reaction that can make the most mysterious, intolerable, and manageable threats seem incredibly not manageable at all. Anxiety makes us feel powerless, weak, and mysterious, all of which increases our sense of vulnerability and makes us less likely to take procedure. Here is the key to managing our anxiety in taking action. However, we live in unprecedented conditions. We will all experience moments of anxiety, panic and anger, the situation is unprecedented, so the representations will be recognized after confinement and will vary depending on the factors of physical protection of each and the fragility of certain people, and also the degree of exposure to danger. Post traumatic stress appears after exposure to a traumatic event where the feeling of fear and imminent death are at the forefront, we talk about stress disorder and depressive symptoms, but we must keep in mind that trauma it is a consequence of a physical threat, of a fear of dying that far exceeds the feeling of fear that one can feel.

In the coming months, we will see the people of the world not leave their homes without an urgent reason, and this will make urban life a new experience: people will maintain extensive social contacts but without physical meeting because the required communications infrastructure already exists. In big cities, all buildings will be equipped with broadband internet connection. Thus, remote work will become a widespread and daily phenomenon.


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