Roy Green: The coronavirus pandemic reaches a seminal moment

With the advent and international circulation of the novel coronavirus disease, COVID-19, the world is entering a seminal period that will affect life on this planet for decades and likely longer.

The COVID-19 outbreak is joining Sept. 11, 2001, in that regard.

History will record the sudden and cruel arrival of each and how the novel coronavirus pandemic will have imitated the terrorist assault at the World Trade Center by engaging — and in a deadly manner — the global community.

How many will lose their lives to each occurrence? Uncertain. Deaths attributable to COVID-19 are growing in these early days of the viral assault, while the repercussions of 9/11 continue to expand, already having precipitated international war as well as domestic political conflicts more than double the duration of the Second World War.

The novel coronavirus is a stealthy presence for which there exists a societal but not medical antidote.

Social distancing — literally eliminating most accustomed physical contact and group engagement — is our primary defence against contracting the novel coronavirus. That means no handshaking, definitely no hugging and no high fives when the home team scores. Although such celebratory expression is increasingly unlikely, since the home team or teams aren’t playing in deference to COVID-19.

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