The Diplomatic Society

  • Increase font size
  • Default font size
  • Decrease font size

2nd Wave

by Dieter Brockmeyer, Senior technology, innovation, media and entertainment expert and co-founder of Diplomatic World Institute, Brussels

17 July 2020

It is now about six months into the global pandemic and there are countries that seem to be past the worst, in Asia, and Europe, and others that are in their peak, in Latin America, the US and also South Africa…  And already fears of a second wave are spreading. It could be easy: Stick to the rules! But people are getting tired of it – self isolation or simple distancing does not correlate with human nature. When infection rates are low, why bother. Moreover, the fears of pitiful deaths lead to suppression and cause conspiracy theories: The virus is a hoax released by “the elites” to suppress the public. This provides the base for ignoring the danger. This is nothing new. Similar behavior has been reported during other outbreaks in history.

But, of course, this does not help control the situation. Other problems are not easy to handle either. In many big cities around the globe there is simply not enough space to provide the chance of sufficient distancing, especially in the poorer quarters. While in some countries masses of people started partying again, ignoring the rules and providing breeding ground for the expected second wave. In other countries conditions do not make it possible to stick to the rules.

Therefore, this pandemic will stick. Now, it seems that researchers are making good progress in developing vaccines. If all goes well, a first one may be available from the end of this year, one developer says. However, there is always the chance of setbacks, most scientists warn. And then billions of doses need to be produced and distributed. This will take some time. And people need to accept to be vaccinated, some being highly suspicious.

We need to accept: the situation will be like this for a while. It is not a new normal, at least not for eternity, but we will be changed when we come out of it. This again provides a big opportunity for turning things for the better. The price is high, but the outcome can be worth it – if we take this chance.

As a matter of fact: We have no other choice than taking this chance!




February/March 2020















<|> <|> Indonesian Tourism responds to Millennials and wins Award 8 October 2019 "The challenge to the tourism world is not getting easier. It is not only the global economic slowdown, but also a change in... <|> A MEMORIAL, CORONATION, ENGAGEMENT AND A WEDDING: A ROYAL AFFAIR by Stella Sigcau 15 October 2019 September and October months were very busy in the royal calendars throughout South Africa... <|> Culture and Heritage Tourism Boost the Economy of the Mpondo Kingdom Mbotyi and Mngazi 15 October 2019 By Stella Sigcau Mpondo Kingdom is known for its cultural richness, beautiful... <|> SADC enhances cooperation with Indonesia 15 October 2019 ”Indonesia is ready to be part of the African development, especially in the southern African region” Photo: Ambassador of the Republic... <|> A rising star ready to make it internationally by Stella Sigcau 16 October 2019 Azemahle Lwanda Matebese a 13 year old, grade 8 scholar from Durban Girls High School has had a passion for dancing... <|> Korea calls for ease of doing business in SA 2 October 2019 This year marks Korea’s 4,352nd anniversary since its national foundation, and the 71st anniversary of its Armed Forces Day. In South... <|> Russia-Africa look to deepen scientific ties 14 October 2019 With a week to go until the first ever Russia-Africa Summit, Russia has emphasised the need to expand and deepen scientific ties between... <|> SA, Nigeria commit to condusive business environment 4 October 2019 The governments of South Africa and Nigeria have committed to creating a conducive business environment that will make it easier... <|>
© copyright 2011-2017| The Diplomatic Society| All Rights Reserved.