“The COVID-19 epidemic has tremendously disturbed regular life and business, but has also provided us with a chance to view things differently and be self-sufficient in the future to deal with such abrupt problems.” Before COVID-19, we were importing the majority of the healthcare goods that we might have created in India, but we’re now creating the majority of the items ourselves. We are no longer reliant on imports from other countries, clearing the path for Atmanirbhar Bharat in the health and other areas.
The COVID-19 pandemic is not just a worldwide health emergency; it is also a stimulus for reinventing how we want to live in the future. Decision-makers have a chance to shift away from the power structure and create good reforms for the benefit of mankind, from economic models to sustainable growth.
Scientists may help to drive this disruption by disseminating research findings that can be used to guide sound decision-making. We were overdue for a catastrophe, and the globe was unprepared. But what else can we gain from how COVID-19 was handled that will assist us plan for potential pandemics.
More evidence-based decision-making is required.
In an age of disinformation and political guesswork, factual information should be applied to all aspects of society so that everyone, including politicians, may make intelligent decisions based on the actual evidence available at the moment. Our society should be guided by facts, not rumors or myths. Choices taken in the absence of data have had far consequences for the economy and society, as we have seen with certain governments’ responses to the COVID-19 situation. The government and industry should work together to make significant choices that have an impact, particularly during moments of emergency.
The economy and health are inextricably intertwined.
A thriving economy relies on the health of its people. The ultimate cost of the epidemic to the world economy is unknown, although early this year, projections estimated expenditure of 8% of the GDP. In a post-COVID environment, health must be recast as an asset, not merely an expense, with the potential to boost economic development in the coming years.
Global health is a collective responsibility.
Viruses do not set boundaries, as we have seen firsthand. A worldwide problem, such as a pandemic, necessitates a coordinated response, and every nation should prioritize human safety for the good of humanity. Even at the grassroots, one’s actions and inaction can have an impact on global health. As a result, we urgently want worldwide standards for healthcare systems, as well as a framework for assessing and managing research that may be exploited in the future.
Clean air and water, as well as climate change, are worldwide problems.
Pandemics are just one of many international issues that need coordinated action. COVID-19 has served as a woke call for the global collaboration necessary to combat other dangers, such as global warming. Pandemic-induced lockdowns reduced levels of pollution in some areas, exposing the grim reality of human-caused environmental damage. As a result, more than ever, humanity must band together to combat rising pollution levels and their detrimental repercussions. Climate change is an important global security concern, and the response must reflect this. Global environmental norms and rules should be revised at higher global levels, with improved monitoring and evaluation.