Up till now, I have been fairly optimistic about the coronavirus pandemic but I am increasingly discouraged by events. Specifically, what is it going to look like on the other side, once we get through this? Some commentators talk of an imminent global recession, with all that means for employment and widespread penury while others warn that a biological warfare Pandora’s box has been opened.
These are all bad enough, but seem to take no account (yet) of the coming deluge of displaced persons from the South fleeing the mayhem represented by failed states and scanty and overwhelmed public health provision. The likely numbers are huge. They point to a perfect storm of medical melt-down exacerbated by dire shortages of water and shelter. We need to start facing this tempest now. But how?