5.CORONAVIRUS EXPLAINED-impacts

What are the impacts?

The impacts of 2019–20 coronavirus pandemic is visible in the political systems of multiple countries. It has causing suspensions of legislative activities, isolation or deaths of multiple politicians. Also elections were rescheduled due to fears of spread of the virus.

China –

The US government is criticizing the Chinese government. UK Minister for the Cabinet Office Michael Gove, and others are also criticizing the Chinese governmentfor its handling of the pandemic. While a number of provincial-level administrators of the CCP were dismissed over their handling of the quarantine efforts in central China.

Italy

In early March, the Italian government criticised the European Union’s lack of solidarity with coronavirus-affected Italy. But on 22 March, Russian president Vladimir Putin had the Russian army send military medics and other medical equipment to Italy.

Education –

The pandemic has affected educational systems worldwide, leading to the near-total closures of schools, universities and colleges.. School closures in response to COVID-19 have shed light on various social and economic issues. Issues such as student debt, digital learning, food insecurity, and homelessness, as well as access to childcare, health care etc. The impact is more severe for disadvantaged children and their families. It is causing interrupted learning, compromised nutrition, childcare problems, and consequent economic cost to families who could not work.

Socio-Economic –

The socio-economic impacts of the 2019–20 coronavirus pandemic has had far- reaching consequences beyond the spread of the COVID-19 disease itself and efforts to quarantine it. While the SARS-CoV-2 virus has spread around the globe, concerns have shifted from supply-side manufacturing issues to decreased business in the services sector. The coronavirus pandemic is causing the largest global recession in history. With more than a third of the global population at the time being placed on lockdown.

Culture –

The pandemic is affecting performing arts and cultural heritage sectors profoundly , impacting organisations’ operations as well as individuals—both employed and independent—globally. Arts and culture sector organisations attempted to uphold their (often publicly funded) mission to provide access to cultural heritage to the community, while maintaining the safety of their employees and the public, and support artists where possible.

Environment and climate –

The worldwide disruption caused by the coronavirus pandemic has resulted in numerous impacts on the environment and the climate. The severe decline in planned travel[923] has caused many regions to experience a drop in air pollution. In China, lockdowns and other measures resulted in a 25 percent reduction in carbon emissions, which one Earth systems scientist estimated may have saved at least 77,000 lives over two months. However, the outbreak has also disrupted environmental diplomacy efforts, including causing the postponement of the 2020 United Nations Climate Change Conference, and the economic fallout from it is predict to slow investment in green energy technologies.

Xenophobia and racism –

Since the outbreak of COVID-19, heightened prejudice and xenophobia have been noted toward people of Chinese & East Asian descent. Also xenophobia is rising against people from hotspots in Europe, the United States and other countries. People are observing incidents of fear, suspicion, and hostility in many countries.

Domestic violence –

Many countries have reported an increase in domestic violence and intimate partner violence attributed to lockdowns amid the 2019–20 coronavirus pandemic.

Misinformation –

Misinformation related to the 2019–20 coronavirus pandemic consists of conspiracy theories and disinformation that emerged regarding the origin, scale, prevention and treatment surrounding the COVID-19 disease and the ensuing pandemic related to the SARS- CoV-2 virus. Meanwhile medical misinformation about ways to prevent, treat, and self diagnose coronavirus disease has circulated on social media. Some false claims may be commercial scams offering at- home tests, suppose preventives, and “miracle” cures. The World Health Organization has declared an “epidemic” of incorrect information about the virus, which poses risks to global health.

References-

1 https://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/2019–20_coronavirus_pandemic 2https://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/Coronavirus_disease_2019 3https://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/Socio-economic_impact_of_the_2019–20_coronavirus_pandemic 4https://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/Coronavirus_disease_2019

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