It has been more than a year since coronavirus broke into the world at Wuhan, China. The coronavirus has affected almost 100 million people around the globe and has taken around 2.2 million lives. But, behind the curtains, the COVID-19 asked many questions to humanity. From the powerful authorities to the migrants and underprivileged, everyone fell short of answers when nature gave us a stiff jerk.
The upsurge in the cases of COVID-19 brought many changes in our daily lives. Work from home became the new normal, and words like quarantine and sanitization became part of our everyday chat. In this blog, I will show the things revealed by the coronavirus about humanity and the takeaways. Let’s dive in!
A. WORK FROM HOME: AN UPCOMING WORKPLACE
The outbreak of the coronavirus baffled the civilization all around the world. People had to find ways to tackle the unfortunate situation, and thanks to the digital era, we got our answer in the ‘work from home’ model. The companies, educational institutions, industries, and every other genre turned to ‘work from home’ to narrow the economic loss.
However, the coronavirus outbreak changed the perception as they got more engaged in work from home policy. Surveys predict that it can become a permanent workplace model.
a. It cuts the infrastructure costs.
b. Needs less management.
c. Canteen, furniture and other facilities are not required.
d. Worldwide recruits.
e. Less Travelling ensures less pollution.
a. Not compatible with every job.
b. Less control over employees.
c. No face to face interaction.
d. It reduces the exchange of ideas. (conflict of interest: this point is not confirmed)
B. INCREASE IN DOMESTIC VIOLENCE DURING COVID-19
The coronavirus crisis locked the world behind doors. But under the covers, the cases of domestic violence upsurged. Surveys say the plights surge the domestic violence every time. The confined spaces, small-minded partners, and the lockdown affected the instances of domestic violence.
The March to May session saw a stiff decline in the cases of domestic violence. But the gradual withdrawal of lockdown revealed a lot about domestic violence. Experts argue the victims lost the support and courage as they couldn’t reach out to their close ones.
As soon as the reports aired, the government tried to handle the situation and zeroed down to launch a Whatsapp number for women in distress. It didn’t help as only 40% of women have phones, and among them, only 5% have an internet connection. I researched thoroughly, and here are the solutions I got-
a. Educating and liberating everyone from the school-age. The education system can introduce separate disciplines comprising domestic violence and other social evils.
b. Creating awareness campaigns to awake people against such social evils. People still believe beating and harassing a woman is eligible for a husband.
c. A 24×7 helpline number to report the violence. The law must increase the punishment against domestic violence.
d. Finally, we all must come together and break the silence against the domestic violence. We must support the victims and provide them the care and help they need.
C. THE HUGE ECONOMIC DISPARITY DURING CORONAVIRUS CRISIS
The coronavirus hit the world economies with a blow. Almost every country saw the worst recession in hundred years. The corporates had to deduct the employees, and as a result, the unemployment rate spiked.
Stats indicate pre-lockdown and post-lockdown time had low unemployment rates as compared to the lockdown time.
The poor became poorer, and the rich became richer. Data show the top 10 billionaires added over 500 million US$ to their pocket. But, the poor people are still in economic depression. India is the worst-hit country among the developing countries in terms of economy, making the 2021 budget more worthy. However, the government helped over 300 million people by aiding them 300 billion INR under the PM Garib Kalyan Yojna during covid-19.
How to narrow economic gaps? (INDIAN DEMOGRAPHY)
I. CURB EXPLOITATION.
Exploitation is one of the reasons that widen the rich-poor gap. The extent of exploitation exposed during the lockdown, the daily wage laborers who migrated had to go back to their homes on foot. The exploitation hinders the job security and their esteem.
II. INCREASE IN MINIMUM WAGE.
The minimum wage in India is about 178 INR per day. However, the local authorities can alter the salaries according to labor skills. The daily wage workers do not get the optimum amount for their work. India is the cheapest country for human resources, and that’s why many MNCs come to India to set up their plants. The tech engineers, workers, tailors, and so on, no one gets an optimum pay for their impressive work skills.
India’s human resource is gradually turning into its burden due to unemployment. The youth population doesn’t get jobs due to government policies, lack of education, and competition.
Unemployment is a tough challenge for everyone. But still, we can improve a lot on the grounds of education, opportunities, and policies.
IV. BETTER TAXATION.
The annual income tax collection in 2019 and 2020 is below 40%. The revenue collection has been below the target line, even didn’t reach half of it. Yet, GST gives comfy to the government as it brings the tax system under an umbrella. The rich people still manage to escape the tax collection, and the tax amounts onto the middle class and poor. We can end the issue using the equity formula for taxation. The rich must pay a higher tax percentage than that of the other economic classes.
D. MIGRANT CRISIS in the times of coronavirus
The migrants who traveled across state borders to earn a penny were the worst hit by the coronavirus. They had to queue up and travel back during the lockdown. Many lost their jobs, houses or ran out of money. More than one crore people returned to their homes during the lockdown.
Suppose a hotel waiter in India. He lost his job in April 2020 after the government announced a complete lockdown. He had to return to his village to sustain his existence as he lost his job and his rented house. On his way home, he had to walk on foot for over 100 km. Four months since covid-19, and now he and his family barely gets to eat. He has to find a new job, or else the contrary can be devastating.
Migrants all around the world are facing a similar condition. A large magnitude of this population depends on the informal economy. The mismanaged informal economy couldn’t support the workers, which eventually turned massacre. The economy of every nation depends on its roots- the human resource. Therefore, the migrant crisis will influence the economy in the coming years, and that’s why their protection is important. The upcoming waves of the coronavirus will surely affect them adversely.
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The coronavirus has made 2020 one of the most unfortunate years in human history. It took many lives, pulled brakes to a fast-paced world, and whatnot, the covid-19 gave us a nasty punch. But, it also gave taught us a lot of lessons. No matter how advance we become, but we are always at the mercy of mother nature. Mental health rose as another big issue, which was underestimated and taken lightly. The management of resources is worsening and needs immediate concern. These are the important takeaways from coronavirus. However, it also helped people to come closer to their partners and families. The digital world helped people to stay connected and network. The content creators entertained everyone in these distressing hours.
On the other hand, we found how cruel coronavirus was behind the scenes. There are more dimensions to analyze its deep impact worldwide. Covid-19 locked us in comfy cages, and some people walked miles to survive. It also exposed the domestic environment and the mismanaged resources.
On the ending note, I want every reader to value what you have. If you take a close look at every point stated, you will find that we didn’t value our resources, which led to their exploitation. Value the people around you, take care of yourself, and finally take care of the world around you.