It’s going to hurt here, it’s going to be worse elsewhere

Ça va mal ici, ça va être pire ailleurs

We are obsessed by our own fate, and rightly so. No Quebec in his lifetime has not experienced a pandemic as terrifying and deadly. Except that we — as the Italians, the Spanish, the French and Americans — have the means to get ourselves out of the not-too-amochés. It is not going to be as easy for the other two-thirds of humanity.

The coronavirus has taken until now, countries equipped to deal with them. From China to us, via South Korea, Japan, and Europe, we have all been shaken by the virulence of the Covid-19, but we had the financial resources, public institutions and medical facilities to respond. In spite of everything, we all know, the constraints are stringent and the balance sheets, heavy.

This week, in the journal Foreign Affairs, an expert in international crisis and a researcher in infectious diseases have joined their voices to prevent that when the coronavirus will turn to the populations of developing countries, the hit will be devastating. Sadly, these countries have perfect conditions to amplify the impact of the virus.

The infrastructure of basic health, a little everywhere, are inadequate. Most of the time, access to running water is a privilege and soap, a luxury. The cohabitation family makes it almost impossible, in most of these countries, social distancing, and elsewhere, found in large cities where the population density is extremely high.

WORK, A MATTER OF SURVIVAL

In this reality, it is necessary to add that of a world of work where commonly the money earned in a day to ensure the survival… to this day. If hardly conceivable that could be the idea of government assistance, the one to close down the business or prevent the trade in order to curb the spread of the virus becomes unimaginable.

In other words, identify the collaborators of Foreign Affairs, these countries, which are least able to impose the respect of a physical distance, are also equipped with systems of health among the less efficient and economies among the most precarious. Their leaders are faced with a tragic dilemma : either end up with mass unemployment and an explosion of poverty, either to observe an uncontrolled spread and deadly of the COVID-19.

LOOK ELSEWHERE AND ACCUSING OTHERS

Here and there, moreover, the leaders of some countries have not helped the cause of their fellow citizens. The brazilian president, Jair Bolsonaro, continues, for example, to minimize the risks posed by the Covid-19. No wonder, therefore, that in Brazil the curve of the case to be rather a straight line towards the sky. Bolsonaro and the president of mexico, Andres Manuel Lopez Obrador, turning more to mitigate the effect of the virus on the economy of their own country than to insist on the need to adopt safe behaviour, have made the choice to put the lives of Brazilians and Mexicans in danger.

The other consequence, in addition to loss of life, this pandemic on developing countries is the awareness by rich countries of their dependence on the manufacturing production foreign. It is a matter of the nervousness caused by the lack of surgical masks, gloves and clothing, medical to already conclude that the industrialized countries will have as well.

Globalization — with all its shortcomings and inequalities that it has generated — has ripped out of their misery of hundreds of millions of people in developing countries. The turn that this virus, alone, is in the process of imposing rich economies may well make sure that we leave once again, these former paupers, to themselves.

Covid-19 : be prepared for the worst

HOSPITAL BEDS AVAILABLE per 1000 INHABITANTS

  • Japan : 13
  • Germany : 8
  • France : 6
  • Italy : 3
  • Canada : 2,5
  • Chile : 2
  • Colombia : 1,7
  • Mexico : 1,4
  • Indonesia : 1
  • India : 0,5

(Source : OECD, 2018)

THE PER CAPITA HEALTH CARE SPENDING

  • United States : 10 586 $
  • Germany : 5986 $
  • Canada : 4974 $
  • Japan : 4766 $
  • Italy : 3428 $
  • Brazil : 1282 $
  • Mexico : 1138 $
  • Colombia : 960 $
  • Indonesia : 301 $
  • India : 209 $

(Source : OECD, 2018)

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