Covid-19: How the Pandemic Affected the World
Covid-19 has affected every single sphere of our life, starting from health and finishing with education and work.
The coronavirus disease pandemic has caused terrible loss of human life worldwide and poses an unprecedented challenge to public health, food systems and working sphere. The economic and social disruptions caused by the pandemic are devastating: tens of millions of people are at risk of falling into extreme poverty.
Millions of companies are facing an existential threat. Almost half of the 3.3 billion workers in the world are at risk of losing their livelihoods. Workers in the informal economy are especially vulnerable, as most lack social protection and access to quality health care and have lost access to productive assets.
Without any income source during pandemic, many are unable to procure food or feed their families. For most, not generating income means not having food or, at best, reducing the quantity and nutritional quality of food.
The pandemic has affected the entire food system and exposed its fragility. Border closures, trade restrictions and lockdown measures have been preventing farmers from accessing markets, in particular to buy inputs and selling their products, and agricultural workers from harvesting crops, disrupting supply chains. national and international food supply and has reduced access to healthy, safe and varied diets.
The situation created by the pandemic also fully affected and still affects the training sector. However, the implementation of new technologies allows facing the necessary transformation after the start of the pandemic and can even help institutions and companies to emerge stronger. The digital revolution was already an unstoppable reality and the emergence of Covid-19 is accelerating adaptation.
Also sports sphere didn’t stay away from this disastrous situation. Due to the pandemic, lots of events have been postponed or even canceled, sports stadiums and arenas are empty. From EURO 2020 to Summer Olympic Games, still under the risk due to Covid.
Countries facing existing humanitarian crises or emergencies are especially exposed to the effects of COVID-19. It is crucial to respond to the pandemic quickly, while ensuring that humanitarian and recovery assistance reaches the population most in need.
We must rethink the future of our environment and fight climate change, environmental degradation with ambition and urgency. Only that way we can protect the health, livelihoods, food security and nutrition of all people and ensure that our “new normal” is better than the old one.