By Lynn Wolfe
Many questions have arisen since the World Health Organization declared a worldwide public health emergency on January 30, 2020. Where did COVID-19 originate? How long will it take to “flatten the curve?” Are ubiquitous lockdowns necessary or effective for an ailment that has a 99% recovery rate? And perhaps most perplexingly, why did the World Economic Forum host Event 201 in October 2019–a simulated pandemic exercise that eerily followed the real coronavirus narrative, complete with stuffed souvenir microbes?
So far, none of these questions have been sufficiently answered. Yet as the narrative goes on, the picture of the “new normal” we’ve been ushered into gradually becomes clearer.
Klaus Schwab, Executive Chairman of the World Economic Forum, sees coronavirus as the catalyst for the “Great Reset” and the “fourth industrial revolution.” According to him, “The pandemic represents a rare but narrow window of opportunity to reflect, reimagine, and reset our world.” He seems excited, but what will that “reset” mean for us?