Much of our attention is focused on the wars in the Middle East and the Ukraine. Rightly so, we want them stopped to alleviate the sufferings of the living victims and their loved ones. We hope that current conflicts are resolved while new ones do not develop.
Less concerns with armed and violent confrontations mean more time and energies for other more pressing global problems we need to address. Perhaps, it is high time we spend billions of money for important issues that threaten the survival of our civilization as a whole.
Back in the 90s, we were jolted to the realization that we were not immune to a new virus. Since then, after millions of lives had been lost, and more still dying. we have swept the issue under the rug, so to speak. Yes, there were trickles of reminders through the years but they became so far and between that we look at them like scars in our history.
Time and again, we get frightened when news of a new virus comes along. We take precautions and be alert not to be infected. However, when the media focus fizzled out, we tended to view the scare as if it had vanished in thin air.
A new virus is here and now. It has not yet claimed thousands of lives. But silently, it moves outward from its source. It does not discriminate on who to infect. It must be stopped.
Our governments should inform us about this threat. A pandemic is worse than a world war: the enemy is within us.