From Canada to New Zealand, the world is in a state of lockdown. And while it’s helped small developed, first-world, countries like New Zealand, others aren’t so lucky. Around the world, people have been affected in the worst ways possible.
From dying while trying to get home to locking themselves up and suffering because they have nothing to eat, desperation is setting in. And this is the only the beginning of the hell to come.
Longterm Consequences: What an Extended Lockdown Will Cost Us
If you thought the effects of an extended lockdown were minimal, you’re in for a nasty shock. It’s important to go beyond our small bubbles and to look at how the lockdown affects those around us.
The Medical Effects
Of course, the virus is killing people on a daily basis, but just because the world is being wrecked by the virus doesn’t mean all other diseases have ceased to exist. There will be long-term health consequences related to the extended lockdown. For starters, being cooped up at home prevents people from having a physical outlet, which is naturally disastrous for the human body.
Additionally, it’s being reported that people are purposefully avoiding hospitals. They aren’t going to the dentist, their general physician, or even to their therapists anymore. All of this spells medical mayhem. It’s even worse when people begin self-prescribing.
The Financial Effects
The pandemic has already affected the global economy in ways we couldn’t have imagined. With factories and industries closed and trade and airports in shambles, the situation is bleak.
The International Monetary Fund is calling this the “worst economic turndown” since the Great Depression. It’s expected that governmental and corporate debts will also go up around the globe—but it will be worse for developing countries.
For developing countries—that are already mired in debt—if industries and trade are shut down, and people don’t have work, their reserves will soon dwindle.
The World Bank has outlined a range of adverse effects: from gender-based impacts to high unemployment levels. Unemployment is already at an all-time high, and it’s been established that the lockdown and the economy can’t go together.
We already have a model before us: China, where it all started. Province after province, city after city fell victim to an invading horde of invisible microbes. And when China took the ultimate decision—locking down—the effects hit hard. One of the world’s biggest economies receded.
China itself admits that its economy shrank as a result of the virus. And now, as a second wave of the virus seems to have gripped China again, the economy is once more at stake.
The Psychological Effects
The effects of a continued lockdown aren’t just financial or economical; there’s a psychological aftermath too. Experts have already weighed in on the possible psychological consequences of a lockdown—what can go wrong when people are confined for too long in their homes.
Humans are, after all, social animals: our survival and progression as a race are in part due to our ability to form groups and live together. We grow together—not when we’re separated from each other. Divided we fall. It’s being called the world’s biggest psychological experiment for a reason.
What Does Divine Wisdom Tell Us?
There’s no denying that physical distancing is one way—for now, until a vaccine is invented—of keeping the virus at bay. However, we cannot sweep the larger and eventual consequences under the carpet. A long-term lockdown has longer-term consequences.
We cannot ignore the waves of destitution and poverty that will eventually come our way. Perhaps it doesn’t concern people who are not directly affected by such dire situations—but for you and us, who seek divine wisdom and guidance, it’s a whole different reality.
Isn’t it telling that all the leaders in favor of an extended lockdown already live in sheltered palaces and mansions? Find out what the Creator has to say about it here. You can also ask your own questions here.