Consequences of COVID-19
What kind of bizarre twilight zone world are we in? The coronavirus pandemic is a global altering moment. It has exposed huge fissures of vulnerability. The dead from COVID-19 in the U.S. now exceeds Vietnam War levels. The health crisis has triggered an economic crisis. Tens of millions have lost their jobs in the largest mass unemployment since the Great Depression. The bread lines of the 1930s have turned into car lines as people wait for hours to get some free food. The lack of preparation, the shortages of tests and medical equipment plus all the dissembling has been mind-boggling. “I don’t take any responsibility at all,” intones the president. What will emerge from this pandemic emergency? A more equitable decent society living in harmony with the Earth or more rapacious destructive capitalism? The choice is clear.
Dr. Stephen Bezruchka is on the faculty of the Department of Global Health and the Department of Health Services at the University of Washington. He worked for many years as an emergency physician in Seattle. He worked in Nepal for more than a decade where he helped set up a community health project a week’s walk from the road. He also established a remote district hospital for training Nepali doctors whom he supervised. He is the author of Inequality Kills Us All: COVID-19’s Health Lessons for the World.
Fikre Germa (verified owner) –
There is a lot of wisdom here!
Jeff Marcin –
I was captivated listening. Someone has finally spelled it all out. I wish more people, especially republicans, would listen to these concerns, change their attitudes, and take a step toward improving our country. It’s almost too late.
Doug Stephens –
A good summary with a historical perspective. It was informative and yet I feel it was lacking towards the end. That is why 4 stars instead of 5.
There are many problems in the world and many people offering well-intentioned suggestions. Have they researched the solutions in equal measure to the problems? The nature of those in power is one of self-interest masked by civic duty. No country does this better than America. The hope is our youth. Can they leverage technology and communication to place limitations on the very base elements of power that has corrupted capitalism?
Dr Bezruchka is a thoughtful, articulate member of the post-WWII generation that had such great hope. History will continue to repeat. Mind the gap- it is getting bigger!
Debbie Johnson –
Clear presentation of a world on the cusp of change. A holistic rendition of the CovSar2 infection’s impact on all aspects of human and global life. Very worth a listen.
Paul Elwell-Sutton –
Excellent sound bite.