COVID-19 Time Capsule

  1. “There are so many ways geography and its tools can help in dealing with COVID 19 through understanding of this new disease, its source and dynamics. For instance, Geographic Information Systems (GIS) could be used to track contagion. Mapping of COVID-19 cases will help to reduce the spread of the disease. Healthmap can be developed to collect outbreak data from sources like news media. Having a healthmap’s interactive map for COVID-19 offer near-real-time updates from diverse sources to combat its spread.” This quote is explaining why geography matters under the situation of COVID-19, and that’s how the virus relates to geographers.
  2. although in some respects the outbreak of COVID-19 presents a compelling argument for why history matters, there are problems with analogical views of the past because they constrain our ability to grasp the complex place-and-time-specific variables that drive contemporary disease emergence. A lessons approach to epidemics produces what Kenneth Burke, borrowing from the economist and sociologist Thorstein Veblen, called “trained incapacity”—“that state of affairs whereby one’s very abilities can function as blindnesses”.6 Habitual modes of thinking can diminish our capacity to make lateral connections. When the present is viewed through the lens of former disease outbreaks, we typically focus on similitudes and overlook important differences. In other words, analogies create blind spots. As Burke commented, “a way of seeing is also a way of not seeing—a focus on object A involves a neglect of object B”.Historians are being criticized that when analyzing past history, they only looked for similarity but ignored difference, which is a “blind spot”.
  3. All these statistics show how the virus affect economy in the US.
  4. “There are other risks to be navigated that are related to the turnout issue, but are also distinct conceptually. The first of these is logistical chaos. Because of the COVID-19 crisis, it is clear that more voting needs to be done by mail than has ever been done in the U.S. This is a view that I entirely support.

    Yet this is easier said than done. In 2016, only 20 percent of voters cast their ballot by mail. The recent growth in vote-by-mail has been concentrated among a small number of western states, so that in the east, the percentage is much lower—around 10 percent. If we are to get the percentage of voters overall voting by mail to the 50-60 percent level, this will require states, like Massachusetts, that have previously only had 5 percent mail-vote rates to ramp it up to 50 percent.”

    This shows the impact Covid-19 has on the U.S. regarding its presidential election system, which if it still turns out in November, a great amount of ballot will come from the mail, and that’s unprecedented.


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