The ongoing global crisis of Covid-19 which commenced more than a year back has notably affected every part of the world. The most common symptom of this infectious virus is quite indistinguishable from other bacterial viruses that are often responsible for dry cough and high fever. However, their exclusivity remains in the way they spread among common household rapidly and their ability to survive and replicate through RNA mutation. With the beginning of a new decade, this new invisible foe has also prevailed in our homeland; changing our daily lifestyle to an extent we had never expected. It is so astonishing to acknowledge the fact that how a simple micro-organism can result in a complete halt of the entire world civilisation.
Almost every sector of the economy was shut down in the previous year, which was a paramount hindrance towards economic development. It has been estimated that the global economy has lost approximately $3.7 billion worth of output as a consequence of this calamity. This situation will be further worsened as up to half a billion people of the developing world will encounter poverty due to a decline in domestic demand, tourism business as well as it is disrupting trade and supply linkage.The circumstances are no different in Bangladesh, where almost 20 million people lost their jobs in the informal sector. Informal economy workers are particularly vulnerable as most of them do not have enough social protection and access to quality health care. As a consequence of lockdowns, their daily income shrunk and they are unable to feed themselves and their family. Bangladesh's stable economic growth over the past two decades will be impeded by this widespread disease which has compelled economic activities to reduce. According to World Bank, in the fiscal year 2019-20 Bangladesh's GDP growth rate was approximately 7.2 percent, the lowest since 2009.
Perhaps, the most affected sector during this period is education. Educational institutions remained closed from March 2020, and nearly 38 million students in our country are being deprived of their proper learning experience at educational institutions. Amidst such circumstances, classes are being held on online platforms, however, such classes have minimal physical interactions between teachers and students. This often results in a sense of isolation among students attending their daily classes from home. Also, remaining hunched in front of a screen for hours may result in bad posture and other physical problems among students.
Like all other industries, the tourism industry is also going through the most awful situation ever. As a result of confinement, people cannot move from one place to another. Currently, hotels, restaurants, and transportation facilities are opened in a very limited way. Additionally, all the international flights have either been closed or restricted during this unprecedented circumstance. Hence, the number of foreigners visiting our country declined drastically which had a direct impact on this industry. Hundreds of travel and tour companies along with a sizable number of hotels, restaurants and resorts have shut down their business; thousands of people who are employed in this tourism industry have become jobless.
This Covid-19 virus which initially originated in Wuhan, China has already proliferated to every corner of our planet. Although the source of this virus still remains unknown, it is often considered as an outcome of mankind's destructive attitude towards nature. Throughout history there is evidence of many such deadly viruses that have taken away millions of lives. Sooner or later this curse is also bound to vanish like those which already had in the past. But, we must remember the lessons taught to us by these tough times.
Safaq Zilan, student of S.F.X Greenherald International School