Photography has the ability to convey more than one could just by speaking, therein making them so powerful and meaningful. It has the ability to convince so many in the world about anything. A photo is the same as a thousand words. This project, in hindsight, is to convey two very important things as we live in this world. One, we need to understand that this disease is spreading and social distancing is important. The other is to highlight the kind of response a country should see such that people are staying indoors and are safe. It is important that we, as citizens of the world, practice social distancing and keep each other safe and healthy for the forthcoming future. There are various ways people get impacted by such situations both physically, financially and emotionally.
Over the past few months, the world has been infiltrated by a deadly infectious disease known as Coronavirus, to be specific COVID-19 is a strand of the deadly coronaviruses. I have come to witness numerous people being ignorant to the severity of this disease, for example, Rudy Robert, a French basketball player did not believe the severity and touched mics which resulted in him testing positive for the coronavirus. This goes on to highlight the level of seriousness that people must develop in such a situation.
I had conducted my interview with a changemaker in the world of helping women gain a knowledge for financial literacy. However, there was something she said that made sense in the kind of world we are living in. She said that we have to educate the public about the issue so that they know what they need to do so that they are safe. It is important that we educate the public about such situations so that hey know how to react and how to go about life. As a result of the circumstances, there have been many issues all over the world that has shaken up the world and its citizens. People have lost their jobs and are struggling to live and are now living on a more day-to-day basis where they work to survive. Many people are getting laid off as businesses are having to shutdown because of regulations.
What is being done and what I propose?
As of now, there are certain people in the world that don’t understand the severity of the current pandemic and are not taking the protective measures required for the country. In the US, there are efforts to put states on lockdown, however, there are individuals that don’t necessarily listen to these efforts in every country. When there is a small percentage of the population that doesn’t listen to public efforts we will never be able to completely be safe or be protected from what is to come.
Right now the number of cases in the world are approaching 1.6 million and this number is subject to rise as we speak. Without the cooperation of the citizens of the world, no one can create change within the society or community. A community needs to work together to create impact that would create an everlasting change. The death toll is approaching 120,000 which is increasing and reducing the survival rate of this disease. Without clear cooperation from one another there is no future one can look forward to other than being stuck inside of their homes.
It is essential that everyone in the world practices social distancing so that we can reduce the spread of the virus from person to person. This disease travels through person to person contact. Therefore, when I saw that there were no people or cars on the streets it meant that social distancing was in practice however it wasn’t necessarily working as India’s number increased because of a religious conference where 9000 people attended and the numbers have increased since that conference. Hopefully, individuals take this seriously and practice social distancing to reduce the spread.
I think that, at the end of the day, it is important that we recognize the efforts of our own respective governments and embrace them so as to play a small role in putting this infectious disease to bed.
Photos have been taken by myself. The graphs are from the sites below:
Jones, Lora, and David Brown & Daniele Palumbo. “Coronavirus: A Visual Guide to the Economic Impact.” BBC News, BBC, 3 Apr. 2020, www.bbc.com/news/business-51706225.
Lee, Yee Nee. “6 Charts Show the Coronavirus Impact on the Global Economy and Markets so Far.” CNBC, CNBC, 12 Mar. 2020, www.cnbc.com/2020/03/12/coronavirus-impact-on-global-economy-financial-markets-in-6-charts.html.