The COVID pandemic hasn’t ended. We’ve become tired of it and moved on. But nature doesn’t move on just because we do and I’ve been wondering about whether we are in denial because the global system we’ve built simply isn’t compatible with pandemics.
For the first time, life expectancy in Cuba exceeds that in the US by almost three years. The reasons include responses to Covid, health care systems, racism, poverty, misinformation campaigns, the embargo, international solidarity efforts, and resilience to climate change.
Many in contemporary global society unconsciously act to create more complexity, thinking it will solve whatever problem presents itself. That very complexity is now giving us negative returns. More of it will almost certainly make matters worse.
The COVID-19 pandemic is sending the human species important messages. But are we as a species capable of hearing them?
The Biden administration is about to require COVID-19 vaccinations for all U.S. visitors. The plan is likely to become unworkable in very short order. It is an attempt to get around a now very clear fact about widespread international travel: That travel has become a threat to all humankind.
The debate over COVID’s origin poses vexing questions about potential catastrophic ruin for human society that include the dangers of the genetic manipulation of food crops.
The dense worldwide transportation network constructed by humans is now powering so-called variants (mutations) of COVID-19 across the world from their countries of origin. The British variant (called B.1.1.7), the Brazilian variant (called P.1) and the South African variant (called B.1.351) are all racing across the globe.