Updated: Jun 1
Let’s talk about the COVID-19 pandemic for a few seconds. As Bill Gates predicted the COVID-19 pandemic 6 years ago, he stated that the next catastrophe or anything that kills 10 million people in the next decade or two will be an influenza virus.
According to Dr. Fauci, Mike Ryan, the head of the WHO emergencies program as well as other public health officials, stated that the COVID-19 pandemic is just the beginning of many more pandemics and epidemics to come.
Why you may ask? It’s because we’ve invested very little to none into a system that can prevent an epidemic. You see, for wars, let’s say, there are bases all around the world that can deploy troops at any moment of the day, and in addition to this, we have invested trillions of dollars on nuclear warfare, whereas, for viruses we don’t have a single group of epidemiologists ready to be deployed.
For example, when the Ebola epidemic happened, we didn’t have any epidemiologists nor a medical team ready to go and the case numbers were extremely inaccurate.
This is because, natural disasters, for example, it happens all over the world every month or two, so naturally, governments invest way more on natural disasters that occur regularly than on a possible epidemic that only happens every couple of decades.
Therefore, we are not ready for the next pandemics to come, and as I have mentioned, the COVID-19 virus is just the beginning. Now, how would you feel if you are on lockdown without the internet? The single reason why we can live as normally as possible, attend schools, work, and talk with our family members during this pandemic is because of the new technologies.
Without the internet or these video conferencing apps during this pandemic, the economy of the United States would have plummeted. A few days is fine, but months without having to talk with anyone aside from your family members, it would also impact your mental health.
Secondly, technology intensifies human communication in a way that the world has never seen before. When you hear the word social media or the internet, you would probably imagine a social media addict. However, that’s just a stereotype, only about 0.06 percent of all social media users and only about 0.02 percent of the entire world population is addicted to it. - That’s less than one percent.
Technology affects communication easier, quicker, and more efficient wherever you are on the planet. According to a new study from the Pew Research Center’s Internet and from the American Life Project, four out of five Internet users participate in some kind of group in the “real” world, compared with just 56 percent of those who don’t use the Internet. These numbers rise to 82 percent for social media users, and to 85 percent for users of Twitter. In other words, being social online makes it more likely you will be social offline as well.
Without the internet for a day, according to BBC news, industries will lose millions, if not billions, and trillions of dollars, and psychological effects, like feelings of isolation and anxiety, would hit people across the world.
Lastly, technology speeds up everything and learning is not an exception to this. Today, we learn and consume information more than ever. In addition, technology helps people who are born with disabilities such as people who have lost hearing or eyesight. For example, people with mental disabilities are able to speak through computerized voices.
If this kind of technology didn’t exist, 10% of the entire world population with disabilities wouldn’t be able to com