A Pragmatic Evaluation, Reflection and Outlook

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The coronavirus or COVID-19 has been the focal point in current weeks and is more likely to stay so for a lot of months to return. As a result of, let’s face it, we’re simply within the early phases of this world pandemic, which simply appears to be accelerating dramatically.

With the mass of knowledge being unfold world wide, I see a number of inconsistencies and an enormous quantity of disinformation. In a pure method, we like to pick out the knowledge that fits us and reject people who appear to contradict our convictions. However we should know the right way to separate the information from the fakes to be able to draw up an enlightened opinion.

With this text, I intention to convey a realistic evaluation on the coronavirus, in addition to a private reflection on this planetary occasion which, it doesn’t matter what, will both result in a reconciliation of humanity as an entire or, quite the opposite, to its whole destruction.

The graphs I current beneath are taken from Our World in Information. This text is finest learn on a desktop laptop.

Though the info on the charts replace mechanically on a regular basis, that is the interpretation of the article that was revealed in French on March 29, 2020. The evaluation and reflections have been additionally written on that date.

Evaluation of the state of affairs

Disinformation associated to the coronavirus

If there was just one graph that the media report on a regular basis and that floods our social networks, it will be the one which tracks the evolution of the variety of folks contaminated with COVID-19 in every nation:

This graph may be very meaningfully seen and shared. Sadly, many unscrupulous folks use it to fire up the crowds by inventing illogical cause-and-effect relationships resembling the next:

1. For the reason that coronavirus appeared in China, then China and by extension all Chinese language individuals are chargeable for this tragedy. So let’s ban merchandise from China!

2. The Chinese language and Russian governments are spreading propaganda and hiding from us the reality relating to the variety of folks contaminated with the virus. For if there are people who find themselves extra able to containing the virus, absolutely they’re the Western populations!

3. The state of affairs in Western nations is uncontrolled as a result of our governments usually are not taking sufficient measures to stop the virus from spreading. In consequence, we as a society usually are not taking duty for the unfold of the virus.

4. Poor Italians! We’re a lot better off once we evaluate ourselves! This reasoning leads us to underestimate the significance of confining ourselves and defending our personal communities.

5. The pandemic in america is uncontrolled, it’s clearly Trump’s fault! He should due to this fact be impeached.

Most individuals don’t draw these conclusions with unhealthy intentions. However some opportunists achieve this out of mental dishonesty to be able to ship their propagandist political message, to scare folks and to play them off in opposition to one another.

Right here’s why we are able to’t, from this diagram, faux all of the issues talked about above:

  • The coronavirus didn’t manifest in all nations on the identical time.
  • There are discrepancies in inhabitants measurement and density between the nations.
  • The info solely present numbers associated to detected and reported instances.
  • Not all nations are equal of their capability to detect the virus.
  • Every nation is free to report its instances or not.
  • The expansion fee of the pandemic can’t be decided from the diagram.
  • The graph doesn’t point out whether or not one nation is dealing with the pandemic higher than one other.

So what is that this graph really good for? Properly, merely to know the variety of confirmed and reported instances in every nation and to trace the development over time. That’s it.

One of many foremost conclusions that may be drawn from this graph is that China “would have” efficiently contained the virus, which suggests to different nations that it’s possible to take action.

Which nations finest comprise the unfold of the coronavirus?

You might have already seen the curve beneath which helps to evaluate how nicely the unfold of the virus is contained. It measures the depth of the event of the pandemic in a given surroundings, that’s, on this case, every nation. The depth is represented by the variety of instances and is a perform of time.  So long as the variety of instances stays beneath the capability of the healthcare system to deal with them, the pandemic continues to be “managed”.



The flatter the curve, the higher the pandemic is contained. Conversely, the steeper the speed of recent instances per day, the larger the chance of shedding management.

Finally, the variety of instances reaches a peak and dissipates over time. This can be a theoretical state of affairs, however the actuality is usually completely different.

The next chart, which exhibits the evolution of the variety of folks contaminated with COVID-19 per day and per nation, represents precisely that.

Nevertheless, just like the earlier chart, this one additionally has the drawback of not reflecting the inhabitants of every nation. To place issues into perspective, right here is the identical chart scaled right down to a ratio of 1 per million inhabitants.

If you put issues into perspective, the state of affairs all of a sudden turns into clearer!

You’re looking at the true chart that exhibits the effectivity of every nation in containing the unfold of the coronavirus, and thereby the nations which might be most at threat of shedding (or having misplaced) management.

As you’ll be able to see, Asian nations appear to be dealing with the pandemic splendidly, whereas Europeans appear overwhelmed by the occasions. Though it’ s nonetheless too early to be categorical, america, Canada and Australia are doing fairly nicely in comparison with the Europeans. Though the development means that the state of affairs of america is fairly worrisome.

Which nations have an environment friendly healthcare system?

I’m nicely conscious that the effectivity of healthcare programs could also be measured by numerous standards. However I feel it’s constant to say that the development of the fatality fee – is an efficient indicator of the effectivity of a healthcare system.

A fatality fee that tends to say no means that the measures taken are efficient. That is notably true of Australia and america. It’s also a sign that the well being care system continues to be nicely beneath its full capability.

If the fatality fee is rising, as is the case in Italy, Spain and France, it implies that the well being system is probably overloaded and that the nation might have already misplaced management. To not be pessimistic, with a fatality fee of over 10%, Italy continues to be removed from having a grip on the virus.

Is the typical age of the inhabitants an element? Completely! However it’s definitely not the principle issue in my view.

To start with, it’s anticipated that the fatality fee is low as a result of there’s a delay between a optimistic detection of an individual and his or her loss of life. But when detection measures stay fixed over time, the fatality fee just isn’t anticipated to extend linearly.

Nevertheless, this doesn’t appear to carry true for Italy, Spain or France. It might seem to imply that the healthcare programs of those nations, and by extension their effectivity, have already reached the boundaries of their capacities. In any other case, the curve must also are likely to flatten after which lower, as is occurring in Japan. Therefore the urgency of flattening the curve as rapidly as attainable.

Which nations are higher off?

This chart is a hybrid of all of the above charts. It represents the present state of affairs for every nation in regard to the loss of life toll, the variety of folks contaminated, and the ratio between these two figures.

It supplies a world image of the effectivity in managing the illness throughout all nations.

Right here’s one other attention-grabbing chart that exhibits which nations are finest at containing the unfold of COVID-19.

In Australia and Japan, the variety of deaths attributable to the virus doubles each 10 days. Whereas in Spain it takes solely 2 days for the virus to double the loss of life toll!

Private reflections on the coronavirus

I’m sharing with you my private reflections, which by definition are subjective and solely contain myself, on the problem of the coronavirus. I don’t faux to know all of the information or to have proof of the whole lot I say. And if I needed to show all my beliefs to you, you wouldn’t be studying an article however a e book! So let me simply break it down with a abstract.


This world disaster attributable to the coronavirus has the advantage of bringing to mild a number of items of knowledge:

The nations most affected by the pandemic are in Europe, North America and Asia.

The state of affairs in Europe seems to be catastrophic and the development just isn’t probably to enhance any time quickly.

Growing nations, whether or not they’re touristic or not, with giant populations or not, don’t appear to be as affected by COVID-19.

Though it has been revealed that Chinese language vacationers have introduced the virus to Western nations, Chinese language tourism in Western nations solely accounts for a small proportion of their journey locations. Nevertheless, the preferred nations for Chinese language vacationers – Thailand, Japan and Vietnam – don’t appear to be struggling as a lot from the pandemic.

General, the foremost Asian nations seem to have higher management over the unfold of the virus than Western nations.

Try of clarification

I’ve no experience in epidemiology. Nevertheless, I take into account myself to be moderately expert in statistics, information evaluation and Scrabble. Due to this fact, I take into account myself to be fairly proficient within the coherent meeting of knowledge and in logical deduction.

On the premise of the observations, I’d argue that the size of the pandemic disaster, as we’re at present experiencing in Western nations, might be not solely inherent to the truth that Chinese language folks have travelled to Europe.

So I’m attempting to elucidate these observations in various methods.

Initially, the tradition of every society has a direct influence on how a nation approaches the specter of the virus. Life are completely different for everybody, however they’re typically uniform inside the identical tradition.

For instance, Latin folks (Italian, Spanish, French) are warm-hearted by nature, they wish to kiss and hug one another. Then again, Anglo-Saxons (British, American, Canadian, Australian) favor to greet one another with a handshake and are typically extra reserved and conservative. Asians (Chinese language, Japanese, Koreans), however, don’t like to the touch one another and solely greet one another by nodding their heads, making distancing a well-established behavior.

Asians, and to a lesser extent Anglo-Saxons, are due to this fact naturally much less uncovered to the virus than societies of Latin descent.

One other cultural benefit that Asians possess to a larger extent than Westerners is self-discipline. Not eager to be racist, it’s typically been mentioned that it doesn’t matter what subject you excel in, there’ll at all times be an Asian who is healthier than us – and though I’m of Asian descent, I embrace myself within the us!

It needs to be mentioned that the Chinese language, Japanese and Koreans are extremely resilient in getting by way of the draconian measures imposed on their societies.

Certainly, group, sacrifice and civic duty are additionally a part of the cultural values of Asian societies. Whereas amongst Westerners, the destruction of households has unquestionably grow to be a societal purpose, Asians at all times put their households first. Though mores are step by step altering, younger Chinese language are inspired to marry one another to be able to perpetuate the “race”.

No must persuade you that South Korea and Japan are probably the most homogeneous societies on this planet. They’re due to this fact among the many most cohesive communities. In instances of disaster, these societies set up themselves into an enormous anthill.

In the meantime, Westerners, whose individualism and heterogeneity are the principle virtues of their new progressive faith, appear to be indulging within the chaos into which they’re sinking. Oh, and freedom – of speech, of motion and, most significantly, of pissing off the world – can also be an entitlement within the West. At our personal threat folks!

Hygiene and sanitation can also play a significant function within the unfold of the virus. Everyone knows why a Westerner incessantly will get explosive diarrhea each time she or he visits a rustic the place cleanliness requirements are poor.

I’ll at all times bear in mind once we visited Varanasi in India – my jaw dropped aside as I used to be watching folks cleanse themselves within the filthy waters of the Ganges River into which all town’s defecation was pouring and others have been burning their corpses. I’ve a robust feeling that many of those individuals are immune for all times to all ailments, maybe even to coronavirus.

The Westerners, quite the opposite, reside in an aseptic world the place the slightest contact with a virus will increase the chance of illness tenfold. Nevertheless, to show this level, I wouldn’t put my hand within the hearth!

I’ve been advised that scorching chili peppers can scourge your intestines and go away you immortal – I’ve been utilizing sarcasm for the previous few paragraphs for these of you who don’t notice it. I can think about seeing scorching peppers kill a number of viruses alongside the way in which, or at the least create a protecting wall in opposition to ailments. Wherein nations do folks eat a number of chilli peppers? All over the place besides within the Western world, after all! This can be a cause to contemplate, though I wouldn’t put my hand within the hearth for this one both.


As I mentioned earlier, I’m not an knowledgeable on something. I’m simply providing you with my ideas, and it’s yours to evaluate how constant they’re.

I’ve the unhealthy impression that our western societies will stay at a standstill till every particular person takes duty for his or her personal actions with drastic containment measures. And since there may be at all times an individualistic minority that thinks itself resistant to the foundations of society and can proceed to reside on the expense of others, the efforts of the bulk will at all times be undone.

How can we nonetheless assume that we are able to deal with hundreds of instances of an infection once we have been unable to take action when the primary case appeared? The one factor we are able to do is to decelerate the development of the pandemic whereas we anticipate the miracle vaccine. And to do that, containment appears to be the very best resolution.

So to talk, I consider we can be condemned to reside in confinement till a vaccine is discovered. I can’t think about stopping the unfold of the coronavirus in our western nations in some other method.


If I had one advice for you, it will be to cease navel-gazing and begin taking motion.

The duty for addressing the hurt in our societies doesn’t fall on governments alone. It’s ours as residents.

In case your solely concern is that your authorities compensation be paid to you on the finish of the month, you miss out on the necessities and you can both die confined to your private home or find yourself in a hospital mattress. Those that have by no means been uncovered to distress do not know that it’s lurking across the nook.

So let’s be accountable to everybody.

Outlook on the long run

Outlook on the World future

How will COVID-19 have an effect on the long run behaviors of our societies? How will it have an effect on the behaviors of governments and leaders?

I don’t need to sound pessimistic, however I don’t see the long run in a very good mild.

I’m satisfied that we’re at a turning level within the historical past of Mankind, on the identical scale as the autumn of the Berlin Wall. That is a type of historic moments when the world is altering perpetually and can now not be the identical.

For the higher or for the more severe. I hope for the higher, however I concern the more severe. The worst is a switch of energy from the West to the East and a collective suicide of Western societies, with a one-way journey to the grave they’ve dug themselves for thus a few years.

Similar to Egypt, Greece or the Roman Empire, it’s as much as previous Europe to expertise decay. Furthermore, the truth that it has managed in current many years to gnaw a number of bones within the shade of the Individuals continues to be shocking… or in all probability not.

The coronavirus appears to be welcomed as a savior amongst socialists and ecologists. They’re nonetheless probably the most opportunistic relating to derailing the large capitalist machine, which has fed them nicely thus far. The carbon footprint goes to fall into the adverse. They wished for it, they’ll get it. All we’ve got left to do is return to the fields. Yeah!

Particularly as I see the Western residents who, preoccupied with saving their lives throughout this disaster, try by all means to squeeze as a lot compensation as attainable out of their governments which, in return, promise to guard them from distress. They’re printing cash without cost, and they’re doing all of it day lengthy recently.

How can we nonetheless assume that authorities giveaways are free? They throw us within the shithouse and as quickly as they provide us a deal with, we welcome them as rescuers. When issues go unsuitable, the survival intuition is stronger than anything. It inhibits our capability to cause logically.

Ultimately, the boomerang will come again and knock us out. And once we get up, we are going to now not reside in Disneyland, however in a world with out openness, prosperity, freedom and democracy.

Let’s face it, authoritarian regimes have a vibrant future. As Africa and South America have already been conquered, the West may even be conquered and China’s hegemony can be full. It’s going to take the reins of capitalism 2.0 and the world will pollute much more.

I advised you my imaginative and prescient of the long run was pessimistic. On the identical time, I actually don’t want to be proper.

Nevertheless, if there may be one good factor that the coronavirus has brought about, it’s to oblige us to cease and mirror on the fragility of our lives and, above all, on the sense of life.

The way forward for the tourism business

It’s possible you’ll not have observed, however in right here we discuss so much about journey. So I’m going to make a fast digression on the topic.

The coronavirus impacts many industries. Tourism is not any exception. In reality, it’s the most severely affected of all industries.

Undoubtedly, the slope can be tough to beat. However humanity has an inherent need to journey. It’s in our DNA. The business will get better, however it’ll take time.

So that is how I see the way forward for journey, as soon as the disaster can be over:

Within the brief time period, low-price insurance policies will push the world to journey once more. There can be extra flexibility within the phrases of sale. Airways and resorts will permit free modifications.

Within the medium time period, because the small gamers within the business could have disappeared, the dearth of competitors will drive the costs again up. However the opportunists who succeed will grow to be tomorrow’s underdogs.

In the long run, the tourism business will get better to the pre-pandemic state of affairs and quickly overtake it. However folks will now not journey the identical method.

How lengthy will it take? Nobody is aware of.

Concerning the alternatives that lie forward:

It is rather probably that native tourism will get better first and worldwide tourism will observe.

As new applied sciences get us used to working from house, our habits can be completely remodeled. We would like the concept of decreasing our carbon footprint. Enterprise journey will broaden.

Journey insurance coverage is more likely to play an vital function in new journey buying habits.

Travels will focus much more on digital communities, with assembly locations that permit folks to attach.

Maybe the best alternative can be cooperation and mutual help. The completely different gamers within the business will set up alliances to get the machine shifting once more!


So that is my private evaluation of the coronavirus disaster. I could edit this evaluation relying on the circumstances of the upcoming weeks, and I hope that the state of affairs will enhance!

Let’s not quit hope!

Inform me what you assume and be happy to share!


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