At the time of writing this, my favourite beer is causing a great amount of trouble across the world. You guessed it: Corona!
I’m not sure if this has been a great marketing tool for the Mexican amber fluid, but there’s no doubt that the virus version is on everyone’s lips even if the beer version isn’t. It’s not just the health ramifications of the coronavirus, which are concerning, but also the economic repercussions currently being felt around the globe.
Our recent trip to Japan was almost canned, and travel in general is being cancelled left, right, and centre. The knock-on effects are mounting — even the NRL has said it will need government assistance to survive if the season gets shut down.
It’s unthinkable really, but when you look at the original cause of the virus entering the human population, it was really only a matter of time until the self-centred nature of mankind was going to catch up with us. Wet markets in Asia (specifically China) is where this all started.
Half-arsed efforts by the government to shut these markets down after the SARS epidemic have achieved little, and from my understanding these markets are still thriving and potentially still transferring coronavirus, among others, into the human population.
It does not take a rocket scientist to work out that placing a wide variety of wild animals all in a confined space, caged, angry, stressed, and unwell, was not a good idea.
In fact, it’s a very bad idea.
I really don’t think that anyone will get out of this one unscathed.
If you have older parents or grandparents, they are certainly at risk. The effects on business are already very clear and could create significant business closure and the laying off of large numbers of staff.
I hope I am proven wrong, things get better quickly, and we sail through the world’s worst pandemic in 50 years, but the signs are somewhat ominous.
This is a time for cool heads, especially at a government level, in addition to the media. The toilet paper emergency still somewhat mystifies me; this type of hysteria is exactly what we don’t need. Panic shopping is next-level crazy. It will be bad enough to have coronavirus, let alone having nothing to eat because the shelves are bare…