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Year : 2020  |  Volume : 3  |  Issue : 2  |  Page : 169-171

Corona crisis: An ideological warfare and the lessons learned


1 Department of Medical Oncology, Basavatarakam Indo American Cancer Hospital, Hyderabad, Telangana, India
2 Department of Radiation Oncology, Basavatarakam Indo American Cancer Hospital, Hyderabad, Telangana, India

Date of Submission16-May-2020
Date of Decision18-May-2020
Date of Acceptance19-May-2020
Date of Web Publication19-Jun-2020

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K C Goutham Reddy
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Source of Support: None, Conflict of Interest: None


DOI: 10.4103/CRST.CRST_204_20

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Goutham Reddy K C, Kumaar S V. Corona crisis: An ideological warfare and the lessons learned. Cancer Res Stat Treat 2020;3:169-71

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Goutham Reddy K C, Kumaar S V. Corona crisis: An ideological warfare and the lessons learned. Cancer Res Stat Treat [serial online] 2020 [cited 2020 Sep 18];3:169-71. Available from: http://www.crstonline.com/text.asp?2020/3/2/169/287244



Never in our dreams did we expect that the world will be in a war-like situation. Statistics have predicted that the impact of this pandemic will be more than that of a full-scale war in terms of human fatalities and economic crisis.[1]

When the First World War ended, one quarter of the world was under the communist regime (the Soviet Union). World War II brought another quarter of the world under the communist regime (the People's Republic of China). The decline of the communist ideology started post World War II after the fall of the Soviet Union. This led to the emergence of the United States of America not only as a global leader but also as a striking example of a stable market economy. This success made the world believe that a market economy is the best way forward for the progress of the human race.

The market economy encouraged consumerism with the help of the advertising industry, because of which luxury became comfort and comfort became necessity. The basic needs of all the people were fulfilled in most parts of the world, and this was due to a change in the attitude of the ruling class toward the commoners. There were two reasons for this change in the attitude: first, the belief that people can get rid of their conservative attitude and contribute to the market only when their basic needs are fulfilled, and second, the fear of the ruling class that deprivation could lead to a social movement that might topple the government.

It was all good for the market economy, except for a few hitches in terms of the economic crisis and unemployment that went unnoticed. People who were a misfit were offered self-development courses. Men and women who learned the trick of the trade were imbibed into the game, while others were considered failures who needed to upgrade themselves. All of this led to an illusion that market economy is the only path toward achieving human excellence. The intellectual skeleton of the system was built by philosophers like Ayn Rand. She was immensely popular and encouraged the merciless pursuit of one's own wishes ignoring one's role toward the betterment of society. Meanwhile, the world experienced a communication revolution, virtually making people all over the world work as a single, integrated unit. The concepts of public and universal health, which are a fundamental responsibility of a socialist government, became old fashioned. Health became a commodity, and people were forced to spend their hard-earned money for the maintenance of health. The focus of health-care research shifted from prevention of diseases to creating expensive drugs with questionable benefits. This led to double standards in health-care, where the poor were offered substandard care, while those who could afford it were looted with overpriced medicines, thus affecting everyone equally.

And then emerged the coronavirus disease 2019 (COVID-19) pandemic.

A coronavirus (CoV) is an enveloped, nonsegmented, positive-sense RNA virus that can infect humans with low pathogenicity, causing mild respiratory symptoms similar to a common cold. The severe acute respiratory syndrome CoV 2 is a novel strain of CoV associated with a severe and potentially fatal respiratory tract infection and is said to have originated in bats. It is suggested that this virus was transmitted from bats via an unknown intermediate host to humans.[2] The first case of COVID-19 was reported from Wuhan, a trade city in the Hubei province in China. Initially, the Chinese authorities were reluctant to recognize COVID-19 as a threat to public health, and by the time they acknowledged the threat, the disease had spread across the globe affecting thousands of lives. The disease massively spread in Italy because of its close economic links to Wuhan, owing to the flourishing leather business, and COVID-19 soon became a pandemic. The initial response of the world was to undermine the severity of the pandemic. However, when the world leaders finally realized the magnitude of this problem, they turned to health-care research to find a feasible solution.

Health-care research had been focused on the development of pharmaceutical products with questionable clinical benefit and did not foresee the emergence of an infectious pandemic disease. Therefore, the only solutions offered were a promise to accelerate the vaccine development process and to implement public health-care measures, and the latter was the responsibility of the world leaders. The initial response to the unpreparedness was to blame the country the virus had originated in: China. A new theory that the virus was created in the virology labs of China began to circulate.[3],[4] China, as an emerging global leader, has already proved its dominance in the finance and manufacturing sectors. Therefore, it appears unlikely that the Chinese government created a virus in the lab to achieve global dominance.

Upon understanding the severity of the health threat that the pandemic posed, the world called for a global lockdown. Never before in modern history have economic activities come to such a standstill. Previously, during the two world wars, there was a partial halt of economic activities, but it was confined to Europe and some parts of Asia. The current pandemic however has adversely affected countries all over the world. Nevertheless, countries with a strong public health-care system, such as China, Vietnam, Cuba, and India, have dealt with the crisis effectively. Despite the minimal health-care infrastructure and budget allocation, India has coped with the crisis as effectively as any developed country, perhaps even better. The government hospitals and research agencies have been the major stakeholders in handling this situation. The prime minister of India, Mr. Narendra Modi, with his mass appeal attempted the herculean task of uniting 1.38 billion people in the fight against the pandemic.

Every wound and tragedy always leave a lesson to learn. The COVID-19 pandemic has taught the most valuable lessons to humankind.


  Division of Class Top


The notion that the rich and the poor are different in their capabilities and that this difference leads to financial inequalities is false. In fact, when provided with optimal resources, there are only minor differences in the capabilities of people.


  Man is a Social Animal Top


The human race as a whole can reap benefits only when every individual thinks as a part of a collective framework.


  We All Belong to a Single Race Top


We are no longer the citizens of a country; we are global citizens connected to every person in the world. Therefore, all our actions must be in harmony with the interests of the whole world.


  Needs, Comforts, and Luxuries Top


The advertising and marketing industries, over time, have led us to believe that we need more and more goods for survival. On the contrary, the lockdown because of the pandemic has reminded us that our needs are minimal.


  Real Heroes are not Actors Top


People's worth is determined by the wealth they accumulate. However, the current crisis has revealed that the true worth of a person is measured by their contribution to the society. The real heroes are the doctors, engineers, scientists, and all the others who work relentlessly for the welfare of the human race.


  Market Economy Top


The primary objective of the economic policies is to sustain human well-being; it is never the other way around. Therefore, the non-closure of the New York market is a striking example of the fact that in the capitalist systems, protecting the economy takes priority over human well-being.


  Working Class Top


Have you ever cared where your security guard comes from or what he eats for lunch? Have you ever asked where people who work at your construction site stay? This crisis has reminded us about the basic economic principle that all profits are products of labor. The working classes have been severely hit by the pandemic because of the limited reserves they have. It is the fundamental duty of us fellow human beings to help these people in need.


  Revival of Nature Top


The excessive economic activities have disrupted nature. During the lockdown, the nature is on the path to heal itself with non-interference from the humans.

Humans have survived on this planet for ages and are the most successful species on earth. Our superior survival skills can be attributed to our adaptability. However, the current pandemic has led to the realization that we are just a part of the ecosystem and not the masters of it. Therefore, regardless of the country we belong to or the ideology we follow, we must not forget that we all belong to a single species – the Homo sapiens. The current crisis has called for global unity and health for all; let us hope that by the time we face the next crisis, we will be stronger and more prepared than ever.

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  References Top

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Nicola M, Alsafi Z, Sohrabi C, Kerwan A, Al-Jabir A, Iosifidis C, et al. The socio-economic implications of the coronavirus and COVID-19 pandemic: A review. Int J Surg. 2020;78:185-93.  Back to cited text no. 1
    
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Yin Y, Wunderink RG. MERS, SARS and other coronaviruses as causes of pneumonia. Respirology 2018;23:130-7.  Back to cited text no. 2
    
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Republican Senator Suggests 'Worse than Chernobyl' Coronavirus Could've Come from Chinese 'Super laboratory'. Associated Press; 2020.  Back to cited text no. 3
    
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Chaturvedi P, Ramalingam N, Singh A. Is COVID-19 man-made? Cancer Res Stat Treat 2020;3:284-6.  Back to cited text no. 4
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