An outbreak of a new, deadly, highly contagious virus was inevitable. An global pandemic was not inevitable. There is hope. It’s the dystopian nightmare pandemic experts have warned about. But it’s happening right now. Covid-19 has catapulted us into a science fiction scenario – now our lived reality across the globe. Seemingly overnight, literally billions of people around the globe have had their lives upended by fear, uncertainty, bankruptcy, illness or death. At home we ask: When can I hug grandma again? Will the job I’ve been preparing for even exist when has passed? Will the business I built with sweat ever re-open? When can we safely travel abroad – or even to some parts of our own country? Will everyday life ever go back to normal? When will we have a vaccine? Experts ask not whether suicides will increase, children will die from disrupted immunization programs, people will starve from broken food systems, or families will be pushed into poverty – but how many will suffer these and other consequences the pandemic.
2020 November 2020
Jonathan D. Quick is a family physician, health-management specialist; managing director for pandemic response, preparedness, and prevention at The Rockefeller Foundation; and an adjunct professor of global health at the Duke Global Health Institute. He is also the former president and chief executive for the global non-profit organization Management Sciences for Health and former director of essential medicines and pharmaceutical policies at the World Health Organization. Dr Quick has carried out assignments to improve the health and lives of people in over 70 countries in Africa, Asia, Latin America, and the Middle East.
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