Source: Gordon Dumoulin, LinkedIn
Since last weekend, there is a ‘sudden’ increase and spread of coronavirus infections all over the world, especially reported from Iran, Korea, Japan and Europe. But also with little to zero case reports from world’s most populous nations as India, Indonesia or Brazil ringing alarms as well.
Moreover, an alarming and repulsive increase of racism and outright violation against Chinese and Asian people is taking place in different societies.
While I am feeling safe and resilient with high appreciation for the drastic measures taken by the Chinese government and solidarity of people in battling the outbreak since weeks, the virus does unfortunately not respect borders and I greatly concern with scare about the next weeks in other countries, both for casualties as well as severe social unrest and racial violence which might last and have drastic impact on humanity and geopolitics.
Truly hoping and praying that this scare is unfounded with drastic measures anywhere for containment policies being implemented with highest priorities and people all over the world staying resilient and calm with mutual respect and solidarity.
Racism in all forms is abhorrent but often goes unseen - until now. Sadly the fear around this epidemic is bringing the ugliness to light, in violent ways. I hope the crisis also brings out the nobler, better sides of us as well, as we learn to share, collaborate, and defeat our common enemy, the virus, instead of each other. That comes down to each one of us, and our chosen attitude towards people different from ourselves. Most of us who aren't doctors can't do much about the virus, but we can do something about the other, more sinister disease - hatred.