With the widespread hysteria over the Covid-19 virus and more countries closing their borders with each passing day, we are all facing some hard decisions. Governments have reacted in varying different ways however one in particular that we have chosen to take a look at here is China.
Where It All Started
As you are likely aware of, Wuhan in China is where the virus is expected to have all began, more specifically a wet market which was known to sell both wild and domesticated livestock. It is believed that this environment and the way in which the animals are held in close proximity to one another created the absolute perfect circumstance for this to happen. The solid facts however at this time are still uncertain.
While opinions may differ on whether the government reacted swiftly enough to contain the virus, at the time of writing this, the number of cases in China has been stemmed due to sweeping regulations on movement in affected areas.
Why Write About This?
You may, if you have come this far into the article, be wondering why a platform for discussion on sustainable living be writing on something so unrelated. Our answer to that is, this is actually very much related.
With the the aforementioned restrictions in place and with production coming to an absolute standstill. Pollution in Wuhan, which is a heavily industrious sub-province of Hubei, has come almost to an absolute halt.
Wuhan Pollution Levels
Epidemics in the past were not nearly as widespread as this one, this is largely because globalisation enabled this virus to become the problem it is today. The world we are in today is certainly is a lot smaller than it was when the Spanish Flu for example struck.
This along with its resilience, ability to spread very effectively and its slow incubation period creates for the perfect storm for the virus to be devastating should action not be taken immediately.
What We Can Take From This
Europe has become the new epicentre of the virus and reaction has been slow to say the least. This has become an international crisis and some speculate that both the life and financial cost to this will be incredibly dear however only time will tell.
One thing we can take from this is that problems do not always seem to be a real problem until it affects us directly. Globalisation, amongst other factors, has played a huge role in this issue getting to where it is today.
The environmental health has been on the back burner for a long time in the eyes of most governments. However, the likelihood that we will be facing similar difficult decisions regarding the environment grows with each day.
We can only hope that the environment gets the same kind of attention that Covid-19 has had as of late, because like the virus, it is an international problem that requires and international solution.