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I thought globalization would only give me cheap trainers and flights

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06.04.2020
Chris Rowley / Courtesy of Chris Rowley
By Chris Rowley

We are all watching the unfolding nightmare of the COVID-19 medical and economic crisis washing around the world as individual countries take a variety of different unilateral responses in terms of both internal and external actions, from lockdowns to sealing borders.

Perhaps a few people may be wondering how this virus emerged? But more may also be wondering why, despite the warning of many months watching China's dire situation, so many other countries seemed to be so blase? Some even gloated that it would be a business opportunity, such as forcing the decoupling of global supply chains from China's grasp and even "re-shoring" jobs.

In terms of the first question, the "blame game" is underway, with many "conspiracy theories" about who is to blame for it, which I will skirt around. I will simply note that reliable research pinpoints the origin of COVID-19 to a "wet market" or live animal market (as was severe acute respiratory syndrome, or SARS in 2003) in Wuhan, China. It suggests it originated in bats and was transferred to humans through an intermediary species, possibly the pangolin. Not only was this virus highly contagious, but unfortunately the outbreak coincided with China's great mass getaway of........

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