I still remember everyone being so excited for 2020 – the ‘new decade’. By the start Chinese New Year break in January, all my friends and myself were excited for a week off of school and wished the break could be longer. But today, June already—little did we know about how fast the pandemic could spread and affect our daily lives. Surely, COVID-19, the situations we are facing today, and what happened around us will be left as valuable snapshots and residues of history. To keep a record of this moment, I’ve gathered some sources and ‘artifacts’ for my digital time capsule.
Depressingly but definitely, the spread of the coronavirus had led to the downfall of the global economy. This article explains about the significant impacts the pandemic has on the economy, and elaborates on some causes, including precedents such as the trade war. The current situation has hurt businesses and workers, which led to an increase in unemployment. Another negative outcome includes the stock market crash.
This map shows the number of reported cases worldwide, and I think this helps a lot in geography. From this source, we can find patterns and trends about the spread of the pandemic. In addition, it clearly visualizes and maps out the severity in every continent, region, and nation.
3. A connection I have to this is relevant to the businesses, companies, and workers in Korea. Due to the economic challenges and burdens, some companies have had to temporarily decrease certain amounts of wages. Additionally, as the general citizens are all encountering challenges on a daily basis including the economical part, the Korean government has provided Emergency Disaster Relief Funds for households.
This is another article and a photo of the drive-through COVID-19 testing stations, again in Korea. I believe this links to political science and geography. From this source, we can find out about the different alternatives and solutions governments are taking to resolve and alleviate the current situation.
The video in this article is about protests in Italy, opposing the measures taken by the Italian government to stop the spread of the virus. I think this connects to both history and geography, because it not only shows how people are responding and reacting to the situation, but also shows what’s happening in specific countries. Another reason for this to connect to history is that it reflects the gradual change of citizens’ responses and their resentment towards the government and their decision of completely locking down the country.
In all, I think the COVID-19 situation definitely will be looked back in the future, considering the historical, economic, political, and geographical impacts it has posed on our global society.