Africa: Covid-19 Can Be Humanity's 'Finest Hour'

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We have the power to not let this pandemic define our worst selves, but rather define our best as a species. We have an opportunity in the shadow of the threat to transcend egocentricity and start to behave in a more sociocentric manner -- to care for those that cannot care for themselves and to demonstrate courage.

Humanity faces a threat second to none. At the time of writing, there were 424,802 infections and 18,962 deaths due to the SARS-CoV-2 virus that causes the respiratory disease known as Covid-19. With more than 197 territories affected, it is a global threat. Economies are being badly damaged as stock markets fall and countries effectively shut their borders. The effect is not just illness, but possible economic collapse and, in a worst-case scenario, social collapse.

People are panicking and buying out essential goods from supermarkets. In a more horrific turn of events, my local supermarket had incidents of older people, who are at most risk of death in the pandemic, being shunted aside as younger and stronger citizens with more buying power stockpiled goods.

There are stories of people ignoring the risk of the virus and being irresponsible; a new social media sensation...

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